Pakistan, India hit by deadly flooding
Indian residents wade through floodwaters in Jawahar Nagar colony in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state, on August 23.
August 23rd, 2012
01:13 PM ET

Pakistan, India hit by deadly flooding

Dozens of people have died in Pakistan and India's northern Rajasthan state amid flash floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains, officials said Thursday.

At least 21 deaths are confirmed in Pakistan, said Maj. Iftikhar Ahmed Taj of the National Disaster Management Authority.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged in the flooding, which has hit parts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, he said.

Rescue workers are seeking to deal with a major landslide in the Kashmiri city of Muzaffarabad, according to the disaster agency.

Roads are blocked, some 390 houses have been damaged and an unknown number of people are dead and injured, the agency said. Some families trapped by the landslide have been given emergency food and water supplies.

Elsewhere in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, seven people were killed in Bagh by a flash flood and a landslide, while more than 100 houses were damaged in Koti, the disaster agency said.

More rainfall is on the way in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, some isolated places in northeast Balochistan, and the country's capital, Islamabad, according to the agency.

Clean-up also was under way Thursday in neighboring India, where heavy rain in Rajasthan left 20 dead, the Rajasthan state department told CNN. Ten died in the capital, Jaipur, it said.

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  1. krm1007 ©™

    Guys Guys good news. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has just opened up a soup kitchen on two blocks from my house (actualy tent). Here is a text I received from Mohammad last night

    "People of Pakistan are welcomed to the Food Bank's Community Kitchen every weekday for nutritious, and delicious, meals served in our dining area. Our Congregate Meal services provide dinner Monday through Friday."

    They say they are planning to extend lunch on Saturday and Sunday too! Everyone here on our street are very excited, and some people are camping outside Soup Kitchen already. Please forward this good news to your friends and family.


    August 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessie

      People, save a porterhouse for me please, medium well. A-1 on the side. Some beef shanks also. I am bringing along some hindu buds of mine.They just came off the boat from India and dying to have some beef....Ram, Geeta, Krishna and Ganesh. Geeta still has a bullseye on her forehead while Ganesh is sporting a snout!!

      August 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • KK Klaus

      Folks, watch out for the hindus. They will come a runnin and pack up their pajamas with beef dishes and pork chops. Typical Indian style. These dudes love free food or anything else that does not cost them a dime.

      August 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry H

      @Jessie how is Ganesh going to chew the steak with a snout? Perhaps through his rear end? LOL !!! Poor Gunny

      August 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    @Kenny Rogers, you know that isn't me. You are usually very funny when you do the convo thing.

    August 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul P

    This water in India as shown in picture above is soooo much cleaner that the water in the Ganges river that I saw in the 1970s when I went there as a hippy to sample some local stuff (wink wink). One can imagine how bad the water is now. I heard no fresh water life except for fungi can exist in that river anymore and all the Indians who take a dip there end up getting leprosy.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Ganges is dirtier than the sewer treatment plant in Hog Bayou, Louisiana where all pig excretion is discharged.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gomez

    In India 55.8% women and 24.7% men have anemia with highest prevalence in Assam and Jharkhand (69%) followed by Bihar (67.4%). Even the national capital New Delhi has a female anemic population of alarming 44.3%.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • William C

      Gosh ! Providing aid to India is a losing proposition. I mean how do you turn around a T$tanic knowing it is going to sink? I get goosebumps thinking of it. These poor masses in India don't have a chance.

      August 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. krm1007 ©™

    In India people are dying of hunger. Why are these low caste Hindus prohibited from eating beef? In India cow meat is cheaper than other available meats. Instead of these Brahmins taking care of the low caste peoples of India they are doing their best to save their “holy” cows. According to Valmith’s Ramayana, God Rama “ATE” meat. Why then have these Brahmins given up beef-eating? Come on guys, feed the low caste in India with some steaks !!!

    August 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J. James Mcgregor

    Why is CNN lumping Pakistan with India here. Don't they know Pakistanis consider it an insult to be lumped together with India? I wonder if they have read the book The Ugly Indian (Jinnah)

    August 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Monsignor McIntosh

    According to India's National Family Health Survey III 46% of Hindu children are underweight because their mothers are also largely undernourished, 19% wasted or too thin for height and 38% have stunted growth. Around 79% of those under the age of three are anaemic. Can the Salvation Army please send some soup over to the poor Indian immigrants in New Yokr and New Jersey? IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hope

    I've said it before...

    We need to feed the nations.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |


    August 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Monsignor McIntosh

    In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. May Lord have mercy on these malnourished Indian Hindu kids. Christianity is all about helping people especially kids. I implore the Christian Council of America to send some food aid to India.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • VR

      Please do not mix poverty with religion. Here are the statisitcs and India does not figure in the list.

      List of Top 10 poorest countries in the world:

      The Demography by religion

      Ethiopia – 63% Christians and 33% Muslims
      Niger-5% Christians and 95% Muslims
      Central African Republic 80% Christians and 10% Muslims
      Guinea-Bissau 40%M and 8 to 9 % Christians
      Union of the Comoros 98% Muslims
      Republic of Somalia 98% Muslims
      The Solomon Islands 98% Christians
      Zimbabwe 85% Christians
      Liberia 40% Christians and 12% Muslims
      Democratic Republic of Congo 96% Christians

      August 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it As You See It

      India has among the highest numbers of hungry children in the world-nearly double that of sub-Saharan Africa. Even Ethiopia is placed ahead of India (94th) in the Global Hunger

      August 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it As You See It

      • 1/3rd world’s poor is in India. It also has a higher proportion of its population living on less than $ 2 per day than even sub-Saharan Africa.
      • 828 million people or 75.6% of the Indian population is living below $2 a day. 42% of the population is living below the new international poverty line.
      • 33% of the global poor are Indians. Sub-Saharan Africa considered the world’s poorest region is better than India.
      • 41.8% of the rural population survive with monthly per capita consumption expenditure of Rs447 ($7)on essential necessities like food, fuel, light and clothing.

      August 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jaceb Goerge

    INDIA: Between two Deities: KALI & PANCHALI

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. Now just take a look at these two Hindu goddesses and the destruction and lack of morality they represent.

    Goddess Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. Disgusting, to say the least. Would you want your kids growing up with such inspiration?

    Meanwhile, goddess Panchali was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures. Decadent ! Immoral !

    Talk about being between a rock and a hard place!!

    August 24, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • VR

      The icons are just religious symbols and take what you want from it. Depicting a statue with body nailed to wooden structure can be taken differently by different people. All Hindu idols are just symbolic, depict nature – animals and plants- and are used to bring out a theme or story.
      As for inspiration, Bengal where Goddess Kali – seen crusing a demon under her feet- an allegory of victory of good over evil- is worshipped produced 3 Nobel Laurates – 2 of which are for peace.

      Check it out.
      The article is about a calamity and not religion.

      August 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it As You See It

      This goddess was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures.

      August 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it As You See It

      In many Hindu temples there are sculptures depicting men having s@x not only with women but also cows. What is the meaning of this? Is not the cow sacred? If it is, then it should be worshipped not s@xually assaulted!

      August 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. VR

    The article is about Floods and not religion. There have been floods and there were riots for foods in here not too long ago. The difference between India and Pakistan is that India respects all religions. Currently a minority person is Prime Minister, another minority person is Vice-President while and a non-India born one controls government.
    India got Independence in 1947. In US we until 1964 – that is almost 200 years after Independence could not ride with a black person in bus.
    While there is no defence to caste systerm in today's world, Government of India actively works to dismantle a system that took roots 3000 years back. One needs to note that no Indian has been convicted of terrorism outside of India while in US, UK , Germany dozens of Pakistanis are arrested for involvement with terrorism.
    As for Pakistanis feeling insulted for being called an India- one must be on drugs. Go to ANY PAKISTANI owned Grocery shop, or Meat shop or a restaurant, they write India first, and claimed to be Desis to gain respect and not to be negatively profiled. Check it out.
    Do not link a natural disaster to religion or nationality. It is a just a calamity that happens to every one.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it As You See It

      It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre, the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world.

      August 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it As You See It

      New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India

      Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
      PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

      Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

      Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities.

      August 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it As You See It

      The recent Nowegian massacre was linked to Shiv Sena in India, a hindu terrorist group, where the terrorist sought his indoctrination and training. The Sikh massacre in Wisconsin has been linked to the Indian extremist groups also based out of India...Neo Nazi remnants. Who are you kidding?

      August 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baylor

      Floods, poverty, famine, survival, apathy, culture, religion, global warming, greening, carbon footprint are all interlinked. This is a forum for open discussion. if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen. But don't threaten people from expressing their opinions. It may be acceptable in india where the culture is medieval but in progressive america it is a no- no.

      August 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Davehuckle

    Flooding in the World will become much more commonplace this century with Global Warming. A warmer Earth will mean much more energy in the atmosphere so storms, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.. will become much more severe.

    August 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sri

    Repugnant idiots. Wondering how most of the homeless idiots who sleep in a school bus had access to internet to post some trash. Just so that you know India refused aid even during tsunami in 2004. And India is not receiving aid of any kind from any country whatsoever. In fact,we started out our own overseas aid program ( See Indian PM's commitment to Africa during his visit to the African Union meeting last year).
    The last time India received food grains from another country ( In 1964, Indians remain grateful for the help) , it also received a nasty weed called Parthenium that is still a problem in the countryside. Just so that all of the posters know, India is a net exporter of food grains

    August 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mirror Mirror on the Wall

      WHERE IS THE BEEF? The Indian Dilemma:::
      India needs to get its head from out the clouds. Let India be India. India is about poor people and lower caste. It is all about the cow not the hamburgers or the steaks.

      August 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mirror Mirror on the Wall

    In India 55.8% women and 24.7% men have anemia with highest prevalence in Assam and Jharkhand (69%) followed by Bihar (67.4%).

    August 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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