Show News July 26, 2011
One Year After The Floods, Pakistan Struggles to Rebuild

Pakistan has been in the world spotlight for several reasons this past year, but no single event has had more impact on the country since last year's massive scale flooding.

One year after the monsoon floods that claimed nearly 2000 lives and left Pakistan devastated, hundreds of thousands are still left homeless and struggling to rebuild their lives.

While there have been tremendous contributions to the relief effort from charities around the world, French aid group Acted says that "initial response to the UN fund-raising was strong, but humanitarian aid is falling off. Sustained commitment by international actors is crucial to fill the gaps, enable reconstruction and ensure food security."

Many have cited that the government response to the disaster has been largely unresponsive and 'sluggish'. What's more, Oxfam and other aid groups have advised that Pakistan is still very prone to flooding this monsoon season, and are calling for more funding to help implement measures to prevent another disaster.

Neva Khan, who heads up the Oxfam effort in Pakistan, says 'families have started to dismantle their houses and move to higher ground as they are scared of losing everything again'. In addition to the massive damage caused to homes, crops, river embankments, schools and roads, malnutrition has also become prevalent among children.

Yet, while many still live in fear of flooding, weather forecasts hint that heavy rains are not expected in the next few weeks.



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