How Large is Pakistan’s Great Flood?

Posted on September 29, 2010
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It is difficult, even for Pakistanis, to fully comprehend the scale and size of Pakistan’s great flood. We can all imagine what a home, a locality, maybe even a city, looks like when submerged. But it is difficult for most people – especially those outside Pakistan – to imagine just how great is the ‘great’ in Pakistan’s great flood. Here are some pictures – created from the BBC’s Dimensions website – that might help you comprehend the incomprehensible.



The first map is of the United States and shows that the area of Pakistan’s 2010 floods would stretch nearly the entire United States from upstate Florida to the Canadian border with upstate New York. The next two maps place the area affected by the Pakistan’s floods on the map of mainland Europe – From Denmark down to Spain. The final map overlays the same on a map of Japan.

The maps speak for themselves. As do the numbers.

What can I add to this that I have not already?

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18 responses to “How Large is Pakistan’s Great Flood?”

  1. Humair says:

    These maps are an eye opener not just for non Pakistanis but also for Paksitanis.

  2. Marty says:

    Boy. These maps are amazing. They were certainly surprising to me. I had just now realized how big this is.

  3. Agha Asad Raza says:

    Years of corruption, neglect and wrong designs have contributed to these floods!
    Choke the flood plains of the rivers with housing schemes
    wrongly design the bridges
    Ignore the weather related data when building structures near rivers.
    Never clean the canals and barrages of silt.
    Do not grease the barrage gates for years and they DO NOT open when needed.
    Vote in corrupt people as your leaders.

    THEN you blame God and weather????
    .

  4. A great way to visually explain its impact – add to the equation the extreme poverty level and the repercussions are horrendous. I have been there multiple number of times every week since the start, My heart bleeds to see the suffering – and my heart aso wants to kill the politicians and the waderas who even stand to mint money from this disastrous event

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