U.N. aid agencies are assisting in relief efforts in southeastern Pakistan after flooding caused by heavy rains killed almost 200 people and destroyed or damaged more than one million homes, the United Nations said.
The floods that ravaged Pakistan this summer caused an estimated $9.7 billion in damage to homes, roads, farms and other parts of the southwestern Asian country, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank announced Thursday.
A message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is urging Muslims to tackle famine, flood relief, the effects of climate change and clean water -- stark problems plaguing parts of the Islamic world.
The governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan serve only the interests of the United States and its allies and not of the local Muslim populations, an American-born al Qaeda spokesman said in a new video purportedly from the organization.
More than seven weeks after flooding first displaced millions of people in Pakistan, the crisis is not over. Whole towns are still submerged; tent cities now dot the high ground and line the roads that are left; and more rains have prevented some relief. Flood waters are moving south, so different parts of the country are beginning to experience the effects of the flood.
Amid the overwhelming flood disaster in Pakistan, the world has "no choice but to be optimistic and to have hope" that things can improve there, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie told CNN Wednesday.
Ahmed Raza Chandio is a civilian with a lot to lose. He is ready to do whatever it takes to save his home and land, so he stands stick straight, shotgun strapped on his shoulder, and his eyes fixed on the long stretch of levee he is standing on.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah has addressed reports of threats to international aid workers helping with flood relief efforts in Pakistan, calling it "deeply saddening that others would choose to use these environments to propagate themselves or to threaten international aid workers."
An official with Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, a group with alleged links to a banned Pakistani terrorist organization, says the U.S. Agency for International Development's administrator visited a camp the group is running and praised the work being done there.