UN: Pakistan flood consequences may exceed Haiti, tsunami

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 9, 2010 14:25




ISLAMABAD — The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan could exceed the combined total in three recent massive scale disasters — the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake — the United Nations said Monday.

The death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the 1,500 people killed so far in the floods that first hit Pakistan two weeks ago. But the Pakistani government estimates that over 13 million people have been affected — 2 million more than the other disasters combined.

The comparison helps frame the scale of the crisis, which has overwhelmed the Pakistani government and has generated widespread anger from flood victims who have complained that aid is not reaching them quickly enough or at all.


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