Project

The Great Flood of 2010: Pakistan's Struggle to Stay Afloat

In August 2010, epic floods inundated vast expanses of Pakistan in the worst natural disaster in its recent history. The floods displaced 20 million individuals, damaged 5 million homes, submerged 5,000 miles of roads, and washed away 7,000 schools and 400 health facilities that will take years to rebuild. The initial shock of the floods has passed but the aftershocks may prove more calamitous still.

This project zeroes in on the impact of the floods on those most vulnerable, especially women and children. It looks at the systemic causes of the flooding, such as climate change and deforestation, and reflects on the politicization of aid and humanitarian relief in times of national disaster.

Rebuilding Bridges through the Land of Mountains

Unlike in southern regions where the floodwaters slowly and stealthily supersaturated entire villages, the waters in the north raged through mountain ravines with the ferocity of a runaway train.  Today, parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province still resemble a warzone: battered bridges, crushed schools, and leveled villages.