Worst Flooding in Pakistan History, Four Million People Homeless

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Update 8/19/10:

As of today, the United Nations estimate that over 4 million people in Pakistan are homeless due to the worst flooding in their recorded history. Approximately one fifth of the country is under water. The worst part about the water is the filth and disease that is living in it. Lots of water…but not a drop to drink. Congress is working on more aid for Pakistan in order to head off any potential Islamic extremists moving in on an already horrific situation. Despite the already unimaginable amount of damage, monsoon season is only half way over.


  • Pakistan is experiencing the worst floods in their history.

  • 650,000 homes have been destroyed.

  • At least 500,000 people have evacuated the Sindh region of Pakistan.

  • The current damage to the highways is expected to be in the $60 million dollar range, so far.

  • Damage done to the power system and dams is expected to be in the $30 million dollar range, so far.

  • Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says that when this is all said and done, they expect that this will be considered the worst disaster the country has ever experienced.

  • The current estimated death toll is approximately 1600 people.

  • Nearly 1.5 million acres of crops have flooded.

  • Over 10,000 cattle have died.

Residents are very upset and claim they are not receiving the aid they need. There is also great anger and frustration over the fact that Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari has left the country. Asif Ali Zardari is in Britain, meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.


An aerial view shows the flooded village of Kot Addu in Pakistan's Punjab province August 4, 2010. After wrecking Pakistan's northwest, the worst floods in 80 years swept through the economically vital Punjab in a catastrophe that has raised doubts about President Asif Ali Zardari's fragile leadership. Picture taken on August 4. REUTERS/Stringer (PAKISTAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

PANU AKIL, PAKISTAN - AUGUST 6: Children, whose families have declined to be rescued, wade in rising flood waters on August 6, 2010 in the village of Panu Akil, near Sukkur, Pakistan. Rescue workers and armed forces continued rescue operations evacuating thousands in Pakistan's heartland province of Sindh. Local residents across Sindh and Punjab are expected to be hit hardest tonight with waters expected to rise over an estimated two feet. Deadly flooding across Pakistan, has claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people and has forced hundreds of thousands from their homes, in what is the country's worst floods since 1929. Aid organisations estimate that over 3 million people have been affected by flooding. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

A flood victim searches through belongings after returning to his house as flood waters receded at Nowshera in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province August 6, 2010. Authorities have evacuated more than half a million people in the southern Sindh province, threatened by the worst floods in 80 years that have stoked anger at the absent President Asif Ali Zardari. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz (PAKISTAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

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