Pakistan flood could be “worse than 2005 earthquake”

Pakistan flood could be “worse than 2005 earthquake”

07 August 2010

Today Paul O’Brien, Overseas Director of Concern Worldwide, argued for greater international attention to the recent flooding in Pakistan, saying that the damage and suffering could exceed that caused by the 2005 earthquake.  

“This is a humanitarian emergency potentially greater than the earthquake, not in terms of lives lost but certainly in terms of sheer hardship and suffering, damage to vital public infrastructure, and lasting impact on people’s livelihoods. Some 75,000 Pakistanis lost their lives in the earthquake. The casualty figures here will not approach that scale, but the need for assistance is no less critical – a stronger international response is needed to prevent unnecessary suffering.”

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Pakistan flood could be “worse than 2005 earthquake”

Today Paul O’Brien, Overseas Director of Concern Worldwide, argued for greater international attention to the recent flooding in Pakistan, saying that the damage and suffering could exceed that caused by the 2005 earthquake.