Sharing its border with India,China,Afghanistan and Iran, Pakistan is a developing country with 160 million population. July 2010 came with world’s worst ever flood in the recorded human history hitting all the four provinces of Pakistan. In this post I am trying to depict the seriousness of the issue and why the world needs to act NOW.
How Big is Pakistan’s Flood?
According to United Nations over 20 million people are suffering and homeless with over 160,000 square kilometers affected as a result of the flooding,exceeding the combined total of the affected regions of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.This is really big!!!!
Long Term Food Shortage
Floods have submerged 17 million acres of Pakistan’s most fertile crop land, have killed 200,000 livestock and have washed away massive amounts of grain. A major concern is that farmers will be unable to meet the fall deadline for planting new seeds in 2010, meaning a massive loss of food production in 2011, and potentially leading to long-term food shortages. The agricultural damages are more than 2.9 billion dollars, according to recent estimates, and include over 700,000 acres of lost cotton crops, 200,000 acres of sugar cane and 200,000 acres of rice, in addition to the loss of over 500,000 tonnes of stocked wheat, 300,000 acres of animal fodder and the stored grain losses.(Source-Wikipedia)
Muslims in this period of the year, You guys pay your ZAKAT, I guess these people deserve it the most now ..