Pakistan Floods – preview of catastrophies to come and analysis of inadequate response system

Pakistan floods: Flooded homes in Southern Punjab

Image by Oxfam International via Flickr

Confronting Climate Displacement: Learning from Pakistan’s Floods. Relief Web.int; Nov. 22. From the Executive Summary. [Note that a link to the full text is provided in the article.]

In July 2010, massive rain in Pakistan led to unprecedented flooding that submerged one-fifth of the country and affected more than 20 million people. While many experts believe the floods were the result of climate change, others say the science is uncertain. Regardless, most agree that natural disasters are occurring more frequently and that the international community is ill-equipped to respond. It is estimated that by 2050, as many as 200 million people will be displaced by natural disasters and climate change. The world’s poorest and most crisis-prone countries will be disproportionately affected.

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