International community failing Pakistan flood response: UN

By AFP
Published: October 3, 2011

Pakistan is still struggling to get funds from international donors. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations warned on Monday that the international community had failed to respond to the latest flooding crisis in Pakistan, leaving three million people in urgent need of food handouts.

The nuclear-armed Muslim state has suffered two consecutive years of floods but has been at increasing risk of international isolation since US troops found and killed Osama bin Laden near the capital in May.

“Somehow the present flooding and the humanitarian impact of the present flooding has not yet picked the interest, the focus of the world,” said Ramiro Lopes da Silva, deputy executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP).

“If we have no resources, we have no response,” he told a news conference in Islamabad after visiting the flood-hit southern province of Sindh.

On September 18, the United Nations led an appeal for $357 million in emergency funding to shore up rescue and relief efforts for millions of people suffering after floods swept away homes and farm land in southern Pakistan. Last year, the UN had led an appeal for $1.9 billion in one of the worst natural calamities of the past decade, though support was shortcoming.

“The funding is not coming as swiftly and as fast at the levels it came to the response of the floods of last year,” said Lopes da Silva.

“Donors are being challenged by the level of resources required to address similar needs of humanitarian situations across the world,” he added.

Last month, the United Nations said only the Japanese government had pledged $10 million in response to the appeal.

The Pakistani government says more than 350 people have been killed and over eight million people affected this year by floods, following the 21 million hit last year in the nation’s worst ever disaster.

The WFP official said three million Pakistanis were in urgent need of food security and said the UN agency would help “2.4 million of those severely affected by food insecurity”.

Pakistan has been forced to fend off charges of mishandling the crisis by failing to invest in adequate measures to mitigate against seasonal rains, after last year’s floods caused losses of $10 billion.

The country has faced increasingly trenchant criticism in the West for its alleged double dealings with militants opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir and fighting American troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Skin Taj
    Oct 3, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Where are our so called MUSLIM BROTHER COUNTRIES>..??????????????
    They spend millions on making flower pictures etc etc……so TIME TO WAKE UP for us !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Mom
    Oct 3, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Last year I paid, though not being a Pakistani.. What did the Pak Govt do with that money?

    Of course feeding bin Laden.. Sorry no money this year

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  • Dil se
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:02PM

    The nuclear-armed Muslim state has suffered two consecutive years of floods. What a pathetic start of an article. What is the relation between flood and “nuclear-armed Muslim state”? This mind set might be a reason for failed response from the international community.

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:03PM

    International community should now “do more” to help the sick and poor flood-afflicted people destitute of food, clothing and shelter.

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  • Paras Vikmani
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:07PM

    Maybe no one believes how Pakistan would spend this money.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:29PM

    It’s an unfortunate bi product of having a terrible international reputation. You have a reputation for misusing donations and last year you even removed USA labels from donated items. Everyone feels sympathy for the victims – unfortunately it’s difficult for international donors to distinguish the victim from Pakistan.

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  • Ashamed
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Instead of begging, year after year, the Nuclear Powered Pakistani Government should give serious consideration to reducing expenditure on its misplaced policies of strategic depth, and double dealings with Islamists. One wonders if it is the same country which has the fifth largest army in the world and a growing stockpile of nuclear weapons while its citizens are flood ravaged, and the country keeps appealing for aid for one reason or the other every year.

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  • Oct 3, 2011 - 9:57PM

    A country which spends half its budget on army, produce and maintain nuclear arsenal, awards million rupee gifts to undeserved people is unable to feed and shelter helpless poor uprooted by regular floods. No political leader is talking about these unfortunate citizens leave alone their contribution.

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  • SaudiRules
    Oct 3, 2011 - 10:33PM

    Don’t worry, once we get the government we want in afghanistan with help of our “son of the soil”, Haqqanis and talebans, the Haqqanis and taleban will help the flood victims.!!

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  • zurin khan
    Oct 3, 2011 - 10:41PM

    The country has faced increasingly trenchant criticism in the West for its alleged double dealings with Islamist militants opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir and fighting American troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.
    So much to understand.Recommend

  • Thomas
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:15PM

    why do other countries have to pay for Pakistans disasters?. Take care of it if you can or else suffer. Who cares?.

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  • harkol
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:38PM

    nuclear-armed Muslim state

    Flaunting an identity like that does Pakistan really expect the world to come to its help? One should learn to walk before one runs. How can Pakistan expect world to come to its rescue when it is wasting its money on being the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world?

    It expects world’s money on its troubles, yet It spends so much time lecturing the world how it has done so much for world safety, while it propounds on its distinctions of good, bad & ugly Talibans and why its interests in Afghanistan are so important, while ignoring others interest in having a Afghanistan that’s not run by Pakistan’s ISI and bunch of terrorists like it was prior to 9/11???

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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  • a(s)h(a)med
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:48PM

    Give up strategic assets, give up nuclear blackmailing of the world , abjure the tamed international goons on your soil and start behaving like a nation of normal human beings….then see the difference!

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  • Sad Pakistani
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:12AM

    Who can blame the international community for not being interested in donating money this year?. We have a history of misusing the donated money on nurturing our “strategic assets”, rather than on the needy.

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  • let there be peace
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:29AM

    I hope it does not become Myanmar or North Korea like situation where world wants to help the people but still cant do anything.

    Big people play games of power. Poor people pay the price.

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  • rehmat
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:37AM

    Interesting…
    , constantly asking others for help for own national calamities is not against ghairat. (India too had a flood of same magnitude as Pakistan but India did not ask international community for aid).
    – Lying about reforms that you intend to implement while getting loans from international donors is not against ghairat
    - Allowing people on your soil that attck other countries and saying you have no control over them is not violation of sovereignty/ghairat

    But continuing to build nuclear stockfile far beyond what is necessary for mutually assured destruction while country has no money to pay for its fuel and cities have upto 18 hours of loadshedding IS very ghairatmand

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  • Letstellthetruth
    Oct 4, 2011 - 6:28AM

    @Dil se:
    “The nuclear-armed Muslim state has suffered two consecutive years of floods. What a pathetic start of an article. What is the relation between flood and “nuclear-armed Muslim state”?

    There is a lot of relation if you wonder why a nation that can afford to spend huge amount of money on nukes and a huge military does not have as a priority the care of its poor citizen.

    “This mind set might be a reason for failed response from the international community.”

    These lines in the article have nothing to do with the failed response from the international community. The global community is tired of seeing Pakistan, as a national priority, spend huge sums on nukes and military and then asks for others to help out their poor. If taking care of the poor is not Pakistan’s priority, then why should it be a priority for other nations?

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  • vasan
    Oct 4, 2011 - 7:39AM

    Let us get the chronology correct in the first place. Pakistan failed the International community first. And they turned away now.

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  • wow
    Oct 4, 2011 - 7:48AM

    50 islamic nations and none comes forward….!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • maxwell
    Oct 4, 2011 - 8:30AM

    You reap what you sow….thats law of nature…:)

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  • BruteForce
    Oct 4, 2011 - 9:20AM

    I thought Pakistan had the ability to “stand on its own feet”!

    If Pakistan cannot cope with a natural calamity like this, how can it every hope to survive the sanctions, trade embargoes that will inevitably come after 2014, especially the way Pakistan has been acting with respect to Afghanistan, US and the Haqqanis?
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  • Raj
    Oct 4, 2011 - 9:52AM

    Pakistan is the only Muslim country with a Hindu mind set. There are high class, low class Muslims in Pakistan. No high class Muslims will marry off their children in a low ( Kammi ) class Muslims.

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  • indian
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:20AM

    @wow:
    not 50 – it is 56 ( doesn’t matter either way!!!)

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