With one-fifth of Pakistan under water, nearly 900,000 homes have been engulfed and damaged. A total number of 47,000 Pakistans are displaced and the death toll rose to nearly 1,500 civilians.
This is the worse natural disaster to happen in Pakistan. Yet, where is all the aid? Why isn’t Pakistan getting any relief?
Thousands of towns and villages washed away with what looks like the muddy Mississippi river waters. Roads, buildings, bridges, crops and peoples livelihoods are simply gone. People are marooned on tiny islands drinking dirty water. Time is ticking until deadly water borne diseases spread. About $27 million funds have been distributed to Pakistan, but there is still a serious lack of funds. Why??
Reasons include: the relatively low death toll of 1,500, the gradual flooding (compared with more immediate and dramatic earthquakes or tsunamis) and a global “donor fatigue” and…. in my opinion, a Pakistan preconceived notion. Because I’m just going to come out and say it. America and Pakistan don’t have the best relationship (as if we didn’t already know). But if you can look past the political or religious views, you can simply just help. Feel free to read an AP article about lack of funds here.
Sad thing is, 14 million people or 8 percent of the population, are being affected. Going off of those numbers alone, the disaster is worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined, the U.N. says. However, international aid for those disasters came with an actual emergency-like response, aid experts say.
If you’d like to help, visit YourCause.com. We have a red disaster alert on our homepage. Click it to find charities that support the Pakistan flood relief. As always, thanks for reading.
– Lizette Romero