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Aug 23, 2010

Pakistan floods leave millions hungry: U.N.

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s worst floods in decades have left millions hungry, the United Nations said on Monday, while parts of the south were on high alert for rising waters that could further tax aid groups.

“We cannot talk about starvation yet but I think we can talk about millions of people being hungry,” Maurizio Giuliano, the U.N. humanitarian spokesman, told Reuters.

Aug 22, 2010

Pakistan braced for more floods; aid tops $800 mln

SHADADKOT, Pakistan (Reuters) – More than $800 million has been donated or pledged to help Pakistan’s flood victims, the foreign minister said in Sunday, as hundreds of thousands of people in the south feared more destruction.

Rising waters in Sindh province threatened to wreak havoc in U.S. ally Pakistan in a catastrophe that has made the government more unpopular and may help Islamist militants gain supporters.

Aug 22, 2010

South Pakistan braces for more floods

SHADADKOT, Pakistan (Reuters) – Floods are threatening to wreak havoc in more areas of south Pakistan in a catastrophe that has made the government more unpopular and may help Islamist militants gain supporters.

Pakistan’s worst floods in decades have toppled villages and bridges, ripped apart roads, killed at least 1,600 people, made more than four million homeless and raised concerns that militants will exploit the misery and chaos.

Aug 21, 2010

Pakistanis brace for more destructive flooding

SHAHDADKOT, Pakistan (Reuters) – Residents of a southern Pakistani town fled rising flood waters on Saturday, a stark reminder the country could face more destruction in a crisis that has raised questions about the government’s stability.

Authorities struggled to shore up an embankment holding back a growing tide on the edge of Shahdadkot, in Sindh province, which aid groups say is still highly vulnerable to floods that began raging through Pakistan about three weeks ago.

Aug 20, 2010

Pakistan flood victim finds safety on ancient mound

AMRI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani flood victim Achar has taken refuge on what villagers say was the seat of ancient kings.

Floods that began three weeks ago with torrential monsoon rain over the upper Indus river basin have forced more than 4 million people from their homes. Most are living in wretched conditions beside roads, many sleeping in the open with little food and no clean water.

Aug 19, 2010

Pakistan flood survivors struggle to save livestock

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Many Pakistanis displaced by the country’s biggest floods in decades are struggling to save their livestock, not just survive themselves.

For many villagers forced from their flooded villages and seeking refuge on the outskirts of the southern city of Sukkur, their flocks of sheep and goats and herds of cows and buffaloes are what guarantees they have enough to eke out a living.

Aug 16, 2010

Pakistanis block highways to protest slow flood aid

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani flood victims, burning straw and waving sticks, blocked a highway on Monday to demand government help as aid agencies warned relief was too slow to arrive for millions without clean water, food and homes.

Public anger has grown in the two weeks of floods, highlighting potential political troubles for an unpopular government overwhelmed by a disaster that has disrupted the lives of at least a tenth of its 170 million people.

Aug 15, 2010

Desperate struggle as water rises around Pakistani town

JACOBABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) – Men were digging through an earthen embankment on Sunday on the outskirts of the Pakistani town of Jacobabad hoping to drain away steadily rising flood waters.

Three quarters of Jacobabad’s 300,000 people have already fled for dry ground, fearing the town would soon be swamped.

Aug 15, 2010

U.N. says no aid yet for 6 million flood victims in Pakistan

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – United Nations aid agencies have provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of Pakistan’s worst floods in decades but relief operations have yet to reach an estimated six million people.

The lives of 20 million people — nearly 12 percent of the population — have been disrupted by one of the worst catastrophes in Pakistan’s history. Six million still need food, shelter and water, the UN said in a statement.

Aug 14, 2010

Thieves compound misery in Pakistani floods

KHANPUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani farmer Taj Mohammad was taking his family back to his flooded village on Saturday despite the danger of rising waters to protect what few possessions he had left, not from the deluge but from thieves.

Two weeks after huge floods hit Pakistan many of the 14 million people affected have yet to get any help from the government or aid groups, and amid the desperation, there are signs of increasing lawlessness.