Soldiers and aid workers are struggling to reach at least a million people cut off by landslides caused by in Pakistan’s devastating floods.
But with much of the country’s infrastructure damaged or swept away, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is concerned over how to fund reconstruction.
“The destruction of these floods is far greater than the 2005 earthquake. That’s why we are trying to contact the world to help us. The losses we have had are irreparable,” he said.
International aid is getting in to help with the immediate problems but two years ago Pakistan turned to the IMF for emergency financing to avert a balance of payment crisis. Donors and investors are nervous about this disaster’s impact on an already fragile economy.
Meanwhile India has not been spared the heavy rains. Military helicopters have plucked about 150 foreign tourists to safety from flash flooding in the Himalayas.
The fear is that as national governments struggle to respond, charities with links to militants will take advantage of a vacuum and boost their own standing by delivering aid, particularly in remote cross border regions.