August 20, 2010

(Picture the entire state of New York, homeless and in a shambles)

The devastating floods which are hitting Pakistan, and continuing as of this moment, have been getting scant coverage by our media. I'm not entirely sure why that's the case, but I can guess. Certainly, the U.S. government has been pledging aid and sending supplies. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered an address to the UN earlier today reiterating our efforts in aiding the 20million + displaced people whose homes and livelihoods have been washed away and the rains which continue to turn more people homeless as the flood waters rise.

I'm offering two reports to give some idea of the severity of this worsening situation. One is from the BBC World Service, broadcast at 2100 hours GMT earlier today (the 19th) and the other is a live news report from Radio Pakistan from 8:00 pm this evening Los Angeles time (8:00 am tomorrow in Islamabad).

The Radio Pakistan clip (down here) starts off in Pashto with excerpts from the UN addresses and then the hourly news starts in English.

And at last report there was no end in sight.

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