Flooding in Swat Valley Pakistan
The flooding disaster is quite large in the Swat valley in Pakistan. I imagine that this affects all living things – Swat valley people including Taliban. I read where Taliban will try to turn this into an advantage for them. That seems very difficult unless the Pakistani government does nothing to help. If the government is effective at helping, I can imagine leveraging the circumstance to beat down the Taliban.
“Landslides hamper Pakistan relief
Landslides have cut off large portions of Pakistan's Swat Valley and hampered efforts to help the 15 million people affected by Pakistan's worst flooding in decades.
Many roads and bridges have been washed away by the floodwaters, and heavy rains are preventing helicopters from taking off.
The United Nations has described the flooding, that has killed an estimated 1,600 people nationwide, as the worst natural disaster in years.
"This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake," Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN Office for the C-oordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said.
"Those who need humanitarian assistance here are certainly more than those needing assistance in any of the other three disasters," Giuliano told Al Jazeera on Monday.
Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistani prime minister, visited Sindh province on Sunday and said that "millions of people have suffered, and still there is more rain, and further losses are feared".
"I appeal to the world to help us. We are doing what we can," he said.”