Monsoon Rains May Impede Earthquake Reconstruction

Across the quake-hit areas of northern Pakistan and Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the local population and relief agencies are aware of the dangers the monsoon brings—floods, landslides and road blockages that threaten to halt reconstruction work.

The situation has been aggravated by severe funding cutbacks. In response, many helicopters have been taken out of operation, removing a vital lifeline to inaccessible villages.

The Pakistani government said in early June that at least 11,000 people would be evacuated from Muzaffarabad and surrounding villages, considered at high risk from landslides and flooding, ahead of the monsoon.

“Pakistan: Early Monsoon Rains Threaten Quake Reconstruction and Relief,” Reuters AlertNet,
29 June 2006.