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  •  I don't know if my math is exactly correct (5+ / 0-)

    given that Port-au-Prince and surroundings housed 3+ million people it may be 3 out of every 10 haitians displaced. Proportionally, Haiti suffered a larger catastrophe but in sheer numbers and area affected, Pakistan is getting it worse. But a horrid disaster is a horrid disaster.

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    by terrypinder on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 11:51:44 AM PDT

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    •  I think a lot of the difference is the potential (2+ / 0-)
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      Haiti was not dealing with so much water people cannot find dry shelter. And the water continues to wreak havoc on buildings and infrastructure. Haiti had initial problems getting aid in due to the road from the airport to the town being destroyed. Pakistan is dealing with water, washed out roads and difficult terrain scattered over a much larger area.

      The number of people involved in this is going to continue to climb.

      My dot connecting brain is wondering about reports months ago that Blackwater mercenaries were helping the CIA in Pakistan.

      Not likely to improve the situation.

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      by Ginny in CO on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 12:30:34 PM PDT

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    •  Exactly. (6+ / 0-)

      ...a horrid disaster is a horrid disaster.

      Do we need to compare hells? I can understand the need to give some kind of measurable context to how awful some situation may be, but awful is awful, and suffering is suffering. I guess I am responding to a bunch of comments up-thread.

      I listen to the BBC world news a few times a week in the mornings. You can get pretty decent coverage of things there. And yes, they are covering the floods in Pakistan on the American evening news too, but as someone pointed out to me yesterday or the day before, they are not making the connection verbally between the peat fires and the floods and the broken dams and the heat waves happening all at once right now, and (gasp) climate change.

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      by asterkitty on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 12:54:16 PM PDT

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