- Soldiers rescue stranded people after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand
Early monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand have led to a series of flash floods and landslides. Over 1,000 people are already dead, more than 10,000 people are stranded and the rains that will continue for the next few days are keeping rescue workers away. Though it is likely much worse.
The estimated 1,000 deaths by India’s home minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, is believed to be very conservative, says the New York Times’s Basharat Peer.
“It was widely feared that the dead would number in the thousands. The Indian government was making preparations for mass cremations of the victims,” the NY Times reported.
Unusually early monsoon rains mean that thousands of tourists and religious pilgrims who would have otherwise not been in the region were caught by the natural disasters. Continue reading
Typically, the world community responds with more vigor and compassion to immediate crises like earthquakes, hurricanes and the like than to “routine” crises like disease or hunger. That’s because the devastation and human toll is more visible.
Right now, anywhere from 10 to 20 million people in Pakistan are reportedly at risk due to massive flooding and destruction. Yet, by most accounts, the humanitarian response has been slow and woefully insufficient so far.
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