ISLAMABAD: The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan exceeds 13 million – more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations said on Monday. “The death toll in each of those three disasters was much higher than the 1,500 people killed so far in the Pakistani floods. But the UN estimates that 13.8 million people have been affected – over 2 million more than the other disasters combined,” said Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “The number of people affected by the floods is greater than the other three disasters combined,” Giuliano added. He said a person was considered affected by the floods if he or she needed some form of assistance to recover. The official said 600,000 people were still marooned in the Swat valley.
Source: Daily Times – 10.08.2010