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Let’s Help Our Brothers And Sisters Suffering From Pakistan Floods—Pakistan Flood Links

The floods in Pakistan are taking a terrible toll of death and suffering.

At the very least, 1500 are dead so far. Millions have been displaced and are without clean water or adequate shelter.

It can be difficult to keep track of all the floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and manmade disasters that take place in our world.

Yet we should take a moment to pause and be aware of the Pakistan floods just as we would take note of a tragedy down the street.

The people of Pakistan are like most of us in that they just want to get by day-to-day and have a good life.

These people are our brothers and sisters in our increasingly small and connected world.

Any of us could be impacted at any time by a flood, hurricane, earthquake or by any type of unforeseen tragedy.

Here are some links to learn more about the floods and about how to donate to help the folks in Pakistan.

Here is how the Pakistani English language newspaper The Nation is covering the floods.

Here is how the BBC is covering the floods.

Here is how Aljazeera is covering the floods.

Here is an article at Weather Underground by a U. of Michigan professor named Ricky Rood that suggests the flooding could be part of climate change.

The floods are being caused by monsoon rains. Here is a definition of monsoon.

Here is the Pakistan Meteorological Society.

New Scientist Magazine writes that agriculture in Pakistan is at risk.

Much of the flooding involves the Indus River. Efforts to change the river over the years may have made the floods even worse.

Here are facts about the Indus River.

Here are some basic facts about Pakistan.

181 million people live in Pakistan with an average income $980 a year.

Here is a brief history of Pakistan.

The United Nations has called for immediate assistance for Pakistan.

The New York Times has a list of organizations taking donations to help the people in Pakistan.

Here is the Red Cross.

Here is Oxfam.

Here Is Doctors Without Borders.

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Flights Of Critically Injured Haitians To U.S. Stopped In Money Dispute

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A dispute over who will pay the bill has stopped the airlift of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims to Florida.

These folks cannot the help they need in Haiti.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist has written a letter asking the federal government to pay some of the costs of treating these patients in Florida.

Other states have also received a smaller number of these patients and those flights have stopped for the moment as well.

This dispute could not have been resolved while the flights continued?

Some say it is the military that is halting the flights. The military says some hospitals are denying the patients.

Governor Crist is running in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate against a tea party-type. This primary is closer than had been expected.

Is Governor Crist raising this point to protect himself from a charge that he is allowing Florida to spend money on dark-skinned foreigners?

Could nobody in the federal government contact the White House so the President could order flights to continue? I’m sure that in the end something will be worked out to pay for these treatments.

Meanwhile, it is possible that somebody has died already because they could not get airlifted out of Haiti and receive better treatment.

Can’t people get their acts together when lives are on the line?

It really is sickening. It’s all about money.

The relief effort in Haiti is ongoing. Doctors Without Borders is one of a number of groups that is offering needed help.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments