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Natural disasters: priorities?

As floods hit India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan in August, and thousands were displaced or killed, concerns were raised as to the media’s apparent lack of care for those in total poverty in Asia.

British Pakistani Christian Association / en

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Flooding in Bangladesh| photo: YouTube

In the Asian floods, over 1,200 people were killed, with 2.5 million in India alone affected by the flood. Mainstream media barely covered this catastrophe where resources to manage the aftermath are scarce.

In Pakistan, people were drowned as they were caught up in the powerful water currents of the deluge and others were electrocuted as Pakistan’s unsafe external power cables became a significant hazard. Millions of Pakistanis were made temporarily homeless. For some victims, the floods have left an even greater concern.

In Essa Nagri, a large well-known Christian enclave in Pakistan, blocked sewers caused floodwaters to be retained for an exceptionally long period. The resulting mix of effluence within the flood water is believed to have caused a huge increase in the number of reported infections. In particular a noticeable rise in dysentery, cholera and dengue fever has created a sense of great fear amongst the already beleaguered Christians.

People v. animals

As Hurricane Irma threatened Florida, those caught up in the event were at a loss to see passenger flights out of Florida cancelled, but chartered flights being filled with the state’s rescue animals.

Does the West care more for their animals than their people? Do they care more about the rich than the poor? Among the awkward questions, many have shown compassion as teams of Christians, and others, have responded to the Asian needs.