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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Humanitarian Crisis Keeps Unfolding in Pakistan

The floods in Pakistan continue to devastate crops and livelihoods, displacing people and their animals in ways that are almost unimaginable. The New York Times reports on a village that had already been evacuated because of flooding suddenly becoming a safe haven for people whose villages were in even worse shape. The aftermath of this natural disaster is obviously hard to discern, but it will almost certainly be wrapped into the already changing political structure of Pakistan as it moves from a largely rural, feudal-based society to a more urban nation. At independence from India in 1947 only one in six Pakistanis lived in an urban area. By 2010 that had increased to more than one in three, and the United Nations projects that by mid-century six out of every ten Pakistanis will be urban. Karachi is already a city of 13 million and Lahore has another 7 million--a reasonable approximation to the rank-size rule.

1 comment:

  1. Much of the reason for the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan are because of that when it is raining there are no longer trees, marshes and swamps that kan accumulate the water. The rivers has been "bent out" and because of the ever growing population people are building on land that occasionally are beeing floded. When the people have lost everyting, their home, furniture, work etc. they are trying to get a new start in the cities where they think it is safer and that it is possible to get another home and to get work. Paul Korsberg