Flood Water Start to Recede in Pakistan

The floodwaters are starting to recede, although the disaster is far from over.

Via the BBC: Floodwaters in south Pakistan ‘begin to recede’.

The effects of the floods have been staggering:

More than 1,600 people have died and about six million left homeless in Pakistan’s worst flooding.

In total, about 17 million of Pakistan’s 166 million people have been affected by the disaster.

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The UN’s World Food Programme estimates that the floods have damaged about 14% of the country’s cultivated land. With damage to crops estimated at almost $3bn (£1.9bn), the country will need help feeding its population for some time.

As the story notes, receding floodwaters do not signal the end of the disaster, but rather the moving to a new stage in the process.  The destruction to homes and villages will, no doubt, leave a large numbers of persons homeless.

Here is a map which shows the scale of the situation:

Map of Pakistan's flooded areas, 25 August 2010

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