Aug 27, 2010

Flood affected people in shortage of food & drinking water in Pakistan

Peoples in Pakistan under threat of life for natural calamity began in late July





ISLAMABAD- Parts of northwest Pakistan inundated by the worst floods in 80 years face life-threatening food shortages, a United Nations aid agency said recently.

That scenario would create a new crisis for politically-fragile President Asif Ali Zardari, in a country where civilian governments have a poor history of managing crises, leaving the powerful military to step in.

World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Amjad Jameel said the organisations' workers were urgently trying to reach flood areas in the northwest cut off from food supplies, which a U.N. aid agency said devastated the lives of over 3 million people.

Before the floods hit, a million people were already forced from their homes in the Pakistani northwest because of fighting between the army and Taliban militants.

If the floods deepen the problem, it could set back government efforts to get the people back home in a bid to help stabilise nuclear-armed U.S. ally Pakistan.- Parts of northwest Pakistan inundated by the worst floods in 80 years face life-threatening food shortages, a United Nations aid agency said on Wednesday.

That scenario would create a new crisis for politically-fragile President Asif Ali Zardari, in a country where civilian governments have a poor history of managing crises, leaving the powerful military to step in.

World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Amjad Jameel said the organisations' workers were urgently trying to reach flood areas in the northwest cut off from food supplies, which a U.N. aid agency said devastated the lives of over 3 million people.

Before the floods hit, a million people were already forced from their homes in the Pakistani northwest because of fighting between the army and Taliban militants.

If the floods deepen the problem, it could set back government efforts to get the people back home in a bid to help stabilise nuclear-armed U.S. ally Pakistan.

Source: Reuters

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