Environment & Security: "Pakistan Woefully Unprepared For New Floods"

"It took farmer Ghulam Hussain almost a year to start re-building his house, destroyed last year in floods that left vast swathes of Pakistan underwater, and disrupted the lives of more than 18 million people.

Now, his small, two-room mud and brick house -- just a few hundred meters from the Indus River -- is almost complete, but he is worried as to how long it will survive.

'It took me a long time to rebuild my house, as no one gave me any help,' Hussain said as he along with five of his relatives put the final touches to his house in the southern province of Sindh.

'I am praying to God that this year the waters be kind to us,' he said.

Pakistan remains woefully unprepared for floods this year which a U.N. official said could affect up to 5 million people in a worse-case scenario."

Faisal Aziz reports for Reuters June 30, 2011.


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Source: Reuters, 06/30/2011