President: Asif Ali Zardari (2008),Prime minister: Yousaf Raza Gilani (2008), Capital: Islamabad,Land area: 300,664 sq mi (778,720 sq km); total area: 310,401 sq mi (803,940 sq km), Population (2009 est.): 176,242,949

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pakistan is in Flood Trouble

During the ongoing flood emergency response phase, the federal and provincial authorities have virtually lost track of region-wise statistics pertaining to the affected and displaced population.According to official data provided by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the number of displaced people as of August 7, was 861,012, whereas the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs suggests that over 1.5 million people in KP have been rendered homeless. On the other hand, the PDMA data terms over 600,000 people as “inaccessible”, which does not clarify their exact status in terms of being homeless or affected. For Punjab, the information released by UN from New York and Geneva estimates that at least 1.6 million people have been affected, 84,000 homes have been destroyed that left up to 500,000 people homeless. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz spokesman Ahsan Iqbal said that over 2 million people in Punjab had been displaced, while 500,000 houses have been washed away. “The federal govt has not been providing us relief items.

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