The floods tearing through Pakistan's breadbasket have
further weakened this already unstable country, inflicting
more economic pain on its people and threatening a key pillar
of the US-led war against Islamist militants - who stand to
gain from the misery.
The water came in the morning, quietly sweeping across the
rice paddies and into the village. Within hours, it was as
high as a man's shoulder and Abdul Nabi had lost his harvest,
his mud home and all 10 of his buffalo.
Victims of Pakistan's deadly floods mobbed relief trucks
carrying food on Tuesday and authorities in the northwest
warned of famine unless the region's farmers got immediate
help with planting new crops.
The United Nations appealed for nearly $US460 million on
Wednesday to provide immediate help to millions of victims of
the worst floods in Pakistan in living memory and said it
will need millions more to help rebuild the devastated
The number of people suffering from the massive floods in
Pakistan exceeds 13 million - more than the combined total of
the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake
and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations say.
Pakistan will need billions of dollars to recover from its
worst floods in history, further straining a country already
dependent on foreign aid to prop up its economy and back its
war against Islamist militants, the UN said on Sunday.
US Army choppers flew their first relief missions in
Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest on Thursday, airlifting
hundreds of stranded people to safety from a devastated
tourist town and distributing emergency aid.