Haiti & Pakistan: a contrast

Apropos of the earlier discussion on flood relief in Pakistan, the Brookings Institution has a detailed comparison of the differences between Haiti and Pakistan, between earthquakes and floods, between relief pledged and individual donors. Here is just one piece of their report. Haiti is insecond column; Pakistanthe third.

US pledges US $ 211.6 millionxxii (part of the extended 1.4 billion US $ appeal) US $ 150 millionxxiii (August 23)
Appeal by International Federation of the Red Cross/Crescent Society US $ 103 million US $ 74 million
% of displaced receiving tents/tarpaulins (after three weeks) 1.2 % 3.0 %
Donation per affected person received after 2 weeks of flash appeal US $ 157.16 US $ 15.24

For those following the troubles a helpful assessment of the whys and wherefores: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/papers/2010/0826_earthquakes_floods_ferris/0826_earthquakes_floods_ferris.pdf

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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