Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pakistan Flood Extent of Entire US East Coast

WASHINGTON, Sept 3: The US military said on Friday that media coverage was inadequate to convey the scope of the floods that ravaged Pakistan for more than a month.

The Pentagon quoted Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen as saying that he was taken aback by the scope and the massive scale of what he had seen.

On Thursday, Admiral Mullen toured flood-stricken areas of Pakistan with Pakistani army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

“The pictures (and) reporting just don’t capture it,” the JCS chairman said. Along with his own observations of flooded areas, he added, a briefing slide Gen Kayani showed him helped him to understand the disaster’s magnitude.

"It said that effectively it’s like flooding the entire East Coast of the United States,” he said. “I think it’s going to take a considerable amount of time to recover from that.”

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