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Aug 24, 2010

Recovery from floods to take Pakistan years: Zardari

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan could take years to recover from the floods disaster, its president said, as crisis talks began with the IMF which predicted the catastrophe would have a “major and lasting” economic impact.

An official in the province of Sindh said on Tuesday that up to 600,000 people were now in danger from rising flood waters in the south, nearly a month into a calamity that has affected a third of the country and cast some 4 million from their homes.

Aug 24, 2010

Pakistan starts IMF talks, seeks help from floods

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan braced for more flooding in the south as officials began talks in Washington on Monday with the International Monetary Fund on how to shore up the battered economy to maintain stability.

The IMF said it would review Pakistan’s budget and economic prospects due to the magnitude of a disaster that has ravaged crops and infrastructure, left more than 4 million homeless and raised concerns that Islamist militants may exploit the chaos.

Aug 23, 2010

Pakistan to seek IMF help for flood-battered economy

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan braced for more flooding in the south as officials were due to hold talks in Washington on Monday with the International Monetary Fund on how to shore up the battered economy to maintain stability.

The IMF said it would review Pakistan’s budget and economic prospects because of the magnitude of a disaster that has ravaged crops and infrastructure, left more than 4 million homeless and raised concerns that Islamist militants may exploit the chaos.

Aug 23, 2010

Pakistanis stay in flooded village despite hardship

SULTAN KOT, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani shopkeeper Khalil Ahmed Khan strapped a pistol in a leather holster around his waist before setting out to look around his village marooned in flood water.

“This is the season for thieves,” said the burly Khan, standing outside his small shop, just above the flood line, in Sultan Kot village in the heart of Sindh province’s rice belt.

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.