Number of the Day: 175,000,000

Posted on August 17, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Disasters, Economy & Development, Environment
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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:
(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:
(Others need assistance too, these are life-threatening)

Children at Risk of Disease:
(Cholera outbreaks have already been reported)

Pakistanis now Homeless:
(In need of immediate shelter assistance)

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

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

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

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

UN’s Appeal for Assistance:
(Made on August 11, 2010)

Amount Pledged by UN in Response to Appeal:
(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:
(As of August 17, 2010)

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

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

Helicopters Available for Rescue Activities:
(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. Imran says:

    Here is a very specific and pragmatic way to respond to this human calamity. It is assured to reach the effected in the shortest possible time. Details at sponse-specific-appeal-to-all/

    Its time to act.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Prof. Najam, you were brilliant in the show: “You know how we win hearts and mind? Through the stomach?” Wonderful adn so right.

  3. Adil Najam says:

    Thank you for the kind comments. I do not think there is any Pakistani who can speak about this calamity without passion and compassion in their heart.

    The full program (1 hr) can be heard here: (Also on the show were Mosharraf Zaid of The News, Shandana Khan of RSPN, and Zahid Hussain of The Wall Street Journal).

    The program’s web page – with listener comments – is here:

    More on this here:

  4. Darweesh says:

    ARY TV channel(Kashif Abbasi,s Programme) has shown in detail,how Vaderas,Makhdooms and MNA/MPA,s have saved their lands by getting protective Bands cut by Administration to divert water to populated areas in Sindh and Punjab,,,,,Resulting in Human catastrophy of unprecedented nature .
    Time to end Jagirdari Nizam in Pakistan but who would bell the cat? Armed Forces/Judiciary – Dictatorship????
    Would Ur Blog put video of this programme on display

  5. Angie says:

    Also heard you on NPR, very well spoken Prof. Najam. Your passion for humanity came through in your remarks.

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