Daily Archives: August 21, 2010

Beyond The Floods – A Broken Polity

A A Khalid reviews the floods, the polity and the dangers ahead.

The tragic Pakistan floods, are unprecedented in modern history, the UN recently announced it’s the worst humanitarian crisis in their history:

‘’ The United Nations says flooding in Pakistan is the biggest humanitarian crisis in its history.

The UN says the disaster has already affected more people than the 2004 tsunami and the recent earthquake in Haiti combined’’

The challenges then are unprecedented with now two major immediate to medium term concerns materialising. What these challenges have exposed is the weakness of the Pakistani State (regardless of which political party assumes office) and the fragile and under developed nature of civilian administration.

The first is the threat of disease and the second of food security, but the matter for grave concern is that the mobilisation of aid and relief has still been slow. However, the aforementioned threats seem the biggest challenges posed by the floods, as their effect and the needed response will span months. Continue reading


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