March 5, 1998 |
Rescue workers said today that 70 bodies had been recovered from a flash flood in a remote corner of southwest Pakistan, and that about 25,000 people are homeless. Officials said at least 300 people were still missing after freak spring rains inundated the Turbat district, and that thousands were stranded on high ground and in treetops.
August 25, 1996 |
Flood waters roared through Pakistan's central province of Punjab, where officials Saturday said at least 26 people were killed in two days. Thousands of Pakistanis were rescued from rooftops by soldiers who were called in after 19 inches of monsoon rains flooded Lahore over a 24-hour period. Local newspapers said at least 30 people died and 100 were injured Friday in Lahore, the provincial capital, mostly by collapsing houses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1985 |
Monsoon rains have inundated drought-stricken cities in northern Pakistan, causing flash floods that washed away several homes and killed 17 people, officials said. Sunday's rains caused deaths in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Mangora. Since the monsoon season began July 8, a total of 22 people have died in similar floods. The rains followed a drought of several months' duration that led President Zia ul-Haq to call on Muslim leaders to pray for rain.
September 19, 2010 |
Even before this summer's catastrophic floods, Pakistan's economy was teetering on the brink. The government's debt had ballooned to $55 billion. The tax base is anemic, and a third of the population fell below the poverty line. Now, in the aftermath of the flooding, officials face the daunting task of preventing complete fiscal collapse. Pakistan's economic bulwark, agriculture, has been ravaged by the surging waters, which submerged nearly a quarter of the country's farmland.
August 13, 2010 |
Here in Pakistan's southern Punjab province, the tawny waters of the Indus and Chenab rivers have swallowed up vast swaths of verdant rice paddies, sugar cane fields and mango orchards that usually feed the nation. Floodwaters have submerged the village of Basti Dopiwala, leaving farmers and their families stranded on a small patch of dry land to ponder survival without the fields that sustain them. Along the banks of the Chenab, the river gently laps the boughs of mango trees that stretch to the horizon and are a source of national pride.
August 28, 2010
Cartoonists spent the week clucking about the egg recall, zeroing in on Manhattan Mosque Madness and poking fun at political primaries. But a few marked the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by sympathizing with millions of flood-displaced Pakistanis. Pat Bagley pointed out ironic homegrown terminology. Jeff Danziger flew off the handle about sky-high military hardware. And Matt Davies' terrifying suicide life vest showed us why relief is far more than just a humanitarian matter.