» 08/18/2010, 00.00
VATICAN - PAKISTAN
Benedict XVI's appeal for flood victims in Pakistan
The pope asks for solidarity and concrete support for the country prostrated by monsoon rains. About 20 million people have been affected, 1,600 were killed. Risk from hunger and disease.
Aid slow to arrive in Pakistan
The UN fears a "second wave of deaths" due to diseases: typhoid, hepatitis, cholera and malaria. Lack of food and water. Only one million displaced persons – out of 8 - has so far received aid. The international community not overly generous. It will take years to rebuild the country. Agriculture - 20% of GDP – has been obliterated. Food prices soar and there are signs of rebellion, all in favour of the opposition Islamic parties.
Pope: "Urgent pacific solutions" for Middle East and Lebanon
Benedict XVI urged politicians of the country of the cedars to concern themselves solely with the good of Lebanon. This morning, he celebrated his first dedication of a new Church, an event that takes on a particular symbolic meaning in the time of Advent.
20% of Bangkok flooded. Number of victims up to 437
Evacuation continues, but many residents refuse to leave their homes at the risk of getting electrocuted. Food and drinking water becoming scarce. Protests of those who have lost their homes to save the city center. The solidarity of Japan in crisis: money and a song.
40 dead and dozens wounded as heavy Pakistani monsoons set to continue
The weather experts warn of a possible worsening of rainfall: high risk of flooding. Main rivers of the country under surveillance, for fear of flooding. Victims include women and children. Government criticized for lack of prevention.
16/08/2010 PAKISTAN - UN
Ban Ki-moon’s "heart-wrenching" visit to the flood victims of Pakistan
At least 20 million people are affected 1600 have died, but many areas have not yet been reached. The disaster will have affects on people for at least two years. The IMF warns that there will be long-term consequences for the Pakistani economy.
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