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Time | ENVIRONMENT|

Flood destroys economy and leaves thousands homeless: nope, it’s not in QLD

The Queensland floods are a significant natural disaster, which has cost the lives of ten people and will cost billions in rebuilding. Yet, why does it get more coverage than the even more horrific recent floods in Pakistan that killed 2,000 and left a million homeless?

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Maley: Nike’s run-away China costs

Australia may be benefiting mightily from surging commodity prices, but we, along with other developed countries, are about to be hit with higher prices for many of our imported consumer goods, writes Karen Maley.

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Time | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Four months on: flood-ravaged Pakistan still drenched in despair

Four months after Pakistan was hit by the worst flood in the nation’s history, vast areas are still under water and more than one million people remain displaced in Sindh, writes Rania Abouzeid and Haji Jan Mohammad.

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Friday numbers for your digestion

Wrap your brain around the number 21 million. Now look at these numbers.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

Flies, famine and floods: meet the hungry family living amongst it

A photo of toddlers with their faces covered in flies, lying on a rug in a makeshift camp has become the “human face” of the Pakistan floods. The Guardian tracks down Reza Khan, the two-year-old drinking from a insect-covered bottle.

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Pakistan: dolphins play as floods bring intense suffering

Pakistan is once more reeling from nature’s cruel hand, less than five years after an earthquake killed 80,000 people, writes freelance journalist Simon Roughneen in the Sindgh province of Pakistan.

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Pakistan: mass devastation, miniscule global response

The devastation caused by mass floods in Pakistan over the past three weeks is of catastrophic proportion, yet the world has turned a blind eye. Has aid become too commercial, asks Durkhanai Ayubi?

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Telegraph (UK) | LINKS|

Pakistan Opposition Leader rebukes call for aid

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent international assistance for flood-stricken Pakistan, but Opposition Leader Nawaz Sharif has boldly reacted by claiming Pakistan does not need aid from the west.

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Christian Science Monitor | LINKS|

Aid fatigue: why donors aren’t coughing up for Pakistan

The Haiti earthquake earlier this year provoked an outpouring of aid from US donors. Problem is, while the Pakistan floods are also horrific, much of the cash has already been spent.

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New York Times | LINKS|

Fears for Pakistan floods: only 20% of UN aid received

Up to 20 million people are currently homeless because of Pakistan’s epic floods, leaving an already politically embattled nation struggling to survive and UN chief Ban Ki-moon pleading for aid from foreign donors.

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Boston Globe | ENVIRONMENT|

PHOTO GALLERY: Pakistan, a country submerged

Check out this horrifying photo gallery of Pakistan battling its killer floods, where babies are being passed above rivers and belongings are tied around survivor’s necks.

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The Guardian | ENVIRONMENT|

Tide of devastation washes over Pakistan

The full extent of the damage caused by Pakistan’s devastating floods is slowly becoming apparent, with the UN now estimating that 13.8 million people have been affected by a disaster that has washed away around 300,000 homes.

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Crikey says: Pakistan’s political leadership vacuum

While we bemoan the absence of true political leadership in the current election campaign, it could be worse. We could be Pakistanis.

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Worsening toll of Pakistan floods

As Pakistan turns 63 years old in exactly nine days time, its worst floods in 80 years have left up to 3 million souls stranded amid outbreaks of disease after monsoon rains forming floods kill almost 1,500 people. Farrukh Zafar writes from Pakistan.

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