Issue II: After the Floods

Issue II: After the Floods | Introduction

Dec 2012
A Conversations Series

Editors intro below the fold: English | اردو + “We Still Need Help” | Mir Changaiz Khan Jamali + Visiting the Floods in South Punjab | Photo Essay Help Tanqeed continue to bring you Conversations. Donate so we can move towards investigative journalism and feature reporting. And pay our reporters what they deserve.  
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سیلاب کے بعد | اداریہ

By M.T.
Dec 2012
سیلاب کے بعد | اداریہ

 English | اداریہ پڑھیں: اردو ہمیں ابھی بھی مدد کی ضرورت ہے” | میر چنگیز خان جمالی” +  جنوبی پنجاب میں سیلاب کا دورہ | تصویریں +
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Floods are not (just) natural

Dec 2012
Floods Are Not (Just) Natural | Majed Akhter

English | اردو Flooding is as social as it is natural. We must deal with it holistically. On the surface, it seems that floods occur when nature acts outside the norm. The best response often seems to be an attempt to return to a pre-shock “normality” as quickly as possible. This is also the interpretation of...
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Drowned by Design

Dec 2012
Drowned by Design | Mushtaaq Gaadi

English | اردو We must address the role of multi-million rupee constructions in flooding the homes and lands of millions. This summer’s flash floods in southwest Punjab, northern Sindh and eastern Balochistan, have once again exposed the hazardous nature of water resource engineering in the Indus drainage basin. In 2010, barriers built to protect multi-million rupee...
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Why Class Matters

Dec 2012
Why Class Matters | Daanish Mustafa

English | اردو Social power determines who gets hurt by floods and how much More years ago than I care to admit, I was doing field work for my Ph.D. research on flood hazards in central Punjab. I was struck at the time by how all the ‘educated’ high level government officials considered floods an act...
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How Hazards Become Disasters

Dec 2012
How Hazards Become Disasters | Ahsan Kamal

English | اردو The development-industrial complex ignores structural inequality which turns natural hazards into disasters. The state and global institutions of governance talk about disasters as a technical problem. They talk about disaster management using certain key terms and concepts such as vulnerability, risk reduction, and preparedness. On face value there’s nothing wrong with these terms....
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How the British Did it Better

Dec 2012
How the British Did it Better | Usman Qazi

English | اردو In a relentless pursuit of growth and development, the Pakistani state has ignored colonial-era strategies—that took natural risks, like monsoon floods, into consideration. The Indus River is unique in more ways than one. If we ignore this, we do so at our own peril. In the last three decades, or more, the Pakistani...
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