Aug 9, 2010

U.N. declares Pakistan floods the worst natural disaster ever as number of people affected hits 13M

Peshawar
Khanpur
Pakistan
by
NY Daily News
Flood-affected crowds get relief food at a camp in Nowshera, northwest Pakistan, on Monday. The number of people suffering from the disaster now exceeds 13 million. Photo: Sajjad, AP
Flood-affected crowds get relief food at a camp in Nowshera, northwest Pakistan, on Monday. The number of people suffering from the disaster now exceeds 13 million. Photo: Sajjad, AP

The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan exceeds 13 million — more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations said Monday..."The number of people affected by the floods is greater than the other three disasters combined," Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told The Associated Press. A person is considered affected by the floods if he or she will need some form of assistance to recover, either short-term humanitarian aid or longer-term reconstruction help, said Giuliano.