Thought for the Week
Engaging and encouraging debate, discussion and discourse.
Devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Families struggle to survive in the rubble of their former homes.
Winds and rain lash the landscape.
Winds of up to 200mph hit The Philippines.
Aid workers face major difficulties reaching those in need.
Pakistan Floods, 2010
The floods in Pakistan began in late July 2010, resulting from heavy monsoon rains which affected the Indus River basin. One-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was underwater. The floods directly affected about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure, with a death toll of close to 2,000.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked for £285 million for emergency relief. He said this was the worst disaster he had ever seen. Only 20% of the relief funds requested were received. Why was this situation different to that seen in The Philippines? Who decides which people are more important than others? How do they decide?