Gul Bahar, a nine-year-old flood survivor, stands with her mother in front of a damaged wall at their house in the village of Murad Chandio, some 35 km (22 miles) from Dadu in Pakistan's Sindh province, January 26, 2011. REUTERS / Akhtar SoomroBy Thin Lei Win; editing by Katie Nguyen
24 Mar 2011

BANGKOK (AlertNet) - Pakistan's reconstruction following the worst floods in recorded history will take a minimum of three to five years, the head of the country's disaster management body said, adding that more money should have been poured into maintaining dikes and dams.

Massive flooding began in Pakistan in July last year, leaving an area the size of England under water and destroying more than 2 million hectares of crops. More than 1,750 people were killed and 10 million people left homeless.

It was the kind of disaster experts predict may become more frequent as climate change brings more extreme and variable weather, including more intense rainfall.

“We are spending $3 billion in relief and recovery and we’ve suffered over $10 billion in terms of losses without even including the trauma that people went through,” General Nadeem Ahmed, chairman of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) told AlertNet in an interview late on Wednesday. …

Pakistan lost more than 10,000 schools, 500 health facilities and some 18,000 kms of roads and bridges in the disaster that ploughed a swathe of destruction from northern Pakistan to the southern province of Sindh. …

Flood waters have receded in all but five districts in Pakistan, more than 95 percent of the 10 million displaced have gone back to their villages, and Pakistan has managed to avert major epidemics among affected communities, Ahmed said. …

A U.N. emergency appeal is only 66 percent funded and international donors have so far committed around $700 million for reconstruction, he said, less than a tenth of losses Pakistan suffered. …

Pakistan flood rebuilding to take at least 3-5 years

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