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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Solidarity for Pakistan

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 14 2010   /  09:57 am

Rather belatedly, we appeal to readers and all Indonesians to spare our thoughts and prayers this weekend for our sisters and brothers in Pakistan, whose lives have been devastated by the incessant floods these last two weeks, with no clear end in sight of when the situation will ease.The floods engulfing the Indus river basin, the worst to have happened in Pakistan in the last 80 years, have claimed more than 1,600 lives, displacing more than 2 million others, and disrupting the lives of more than 14 million people. That is just the immediate impact of the disaster.Medium and long term, Pakistan’s economy will suffer with the predicted 4.5 percent growth in GDP this year unlikely to be attained with all its dire consequences in terms of jobs and income. Agricultural production, the main staple of the economy, and the nation’s exports, have been ravaged, and with it the income of far...