World Bank Offers $900M For Millions Still Not Getting Aid
August 17, 2010
Pakistan (ChattahBox) – As the devastation from the floods in Pakistan continues, and the threat of further flooding by the possible bursting of the banks of the Indus River, the UN says that millions have been left without any aid, and that supplies are slowly trickling into the affection 1/5th of the country.
The way the situation has been handled has been disgusting. The Pakistani government was ill prepared for the tragedy, which is not a surprise. The shaky foundation of the ruling party, coupled with rampant corruption suspected in the highest levels of government, seemed to be a precursor for the poor reaction when the flooding began.
President Asif Ali Zardari has been sharply criticized for continuing with his trip into Europe while back home his people suffered, and he admitted today that “mistakes were made” as the people voice more dissent over his leadership than ever.
“Yes, the situation could have been better. Yes, the arrangements could have been made better. Yes, everything could have been better. Alas! If we could have those resources. We have to move forward despite whatever criticism we get,” he was quoted by RAW.
In response to the crisis, the World Bank has extended a $900 million loan to the government to dole out as aid to those affected by the flooding. The UN has so far given $184 million, and another $49 million has been pledged. But the recession, which has hit most nations hard, is making it difficult to pledge funds.
The situation in Pakistan continues to worsen, in the meantime.