Number of the Day: 175,000,000

Posted on August 17, 2010
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Adil Najam

The only number more important than the number ‘One’ in Pakistan today is the number 175,000,000.

One represents the power of ‘You.’ 175,000,000 represents the power of ‘Us.’

The number for today (see previous numbers here, here, here, here, here) represents the total population of Pakistan. Because either we will all swim out of this crisis holding hands together. Or no one will.

If you doubt that, please read again the post from yesterday and the (lost) lessons of the 1970 Bhola Cyclone which not not devastated Pakistan but quite literally helped break up the country (Op-Ed version published in Express Tribune).

However, we do not need to overly dramatize the situation. It is dramatic enough already. Just take a look at all the other numbers; even though they do not even begin to explain the full magnitude of this disaster. (See earlier compilations here and here):

Pakistanis Directly Affected:
20,000,000+
(According to the UN this eclipses even in the 2004 Tsunami, 2005 Kashmir Earthquake and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake combined)

Proportion of Pakistan now Submerged:
20% (One-Fifth) of the Country
(Greater than the size of all England, all Bangladesh, and some 140 different countries )

Proportion of Pakistanis now Affected:
11% – 1 Out of Every 9 Pakistanis
(Greater than the entire population of Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Switzerland, and over 150 different countries)

Pakistanis in Urgent Need of Food Relief:
6,000,000+
(Others need assistance too, these are life-threatening)

Children at Risk of Disease:
3,500,000+
(Cholera outbreaks have already been reported)

Pakistanis now Homeless:
2,000,000+
(In need of immediate shelter assistance)

Pakistanis Reached by Relief Efforts:
500,000
(Compare to numbers above)

Agricultural Cropland Already flooded:
1,400,000 acres
(Also 10,000 cows have perished)

Houses Destroyed and Damaged:
900,000
(In every province of Pakistan)

Estimated Cost of Rebuilding After Floods:
US$15,000,000,000
(US$2.5B in Northern Areas only)

UN’s Appeal for Assistance:
US$459,000,000
(Made on August 11, 2010)

Amount Pledged by UN in Response to Appeal:
US$352,500,000
(Including $75.76M from USA, $$44M from Saudi Arabia, $32.3M from UK, $27M from UN, $26M from EU)

Amount Received by UN in Response to Appeal:
US$184,000,000
(As of August 17, 2010)

Tents Provided:
119,000
(By comparison, 1M tents  provided after 2005 Earthquake)

Boats Available for Rescue Activities:
912
(NMDA numbers, August 16)

Helicopters Available for Rescue Activities:
57
(NMDA numbers, August 16)

There is not much to say after this, is there? So let me say once again what I have already said:

The only number more important than the number ‘One’ in Pakistan today  is the number 175,000,000.

One represents the power of ‘You.’ 175,000,000 represents the power of ‘Us.’

25 responses to “Number of the Day: 175,000,000”

  1. HarOON says:

    Prof. Najam, just heard you on NPR, you were great and I am so glad they did full hour on this and had you on the show.

    Pelase post the recording of that show here, I think others should hear it too:
    http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/08/pakistans-epic -flooding-crisis

  2. S.A.F. says:

    Adil, even in your few opening lines we can see the deep passion and pain that has been so evident in all of your posts on this subject. My prayers are with you.

  3. Liz says:

    These are such disturbing numbers. I am surprised and ashamed that the news channels here are portraying is as a story of ‘just rains’ when it i such a big human crisis

  4. Shahid says:

    Sincere heartfelt sympathies for the poor masses who are affected by the deluge.
    The richie rich of Pakistan must rise to the occassion, but they seem to be waiting for the charity to start somewhere else.
    Certainly the masses must rise against the callous rich people.
    Should’nt Pakistan learn from its all time great friend – China?

  5. Anita says:

    R we moving towards famine after floods?

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