AFP reports: “More than 50 people have been killed and another 100 are missing in western Afghanistan after the worst flooding in years.”Unfortunately the toll is bound to rise -missing usually means dead here. I just think they put the toll lower to get the public used to the idea -the principal of gradualism at work.
The government and the international aid agencies say relief is on the way. What stands between now and this becoming Afghanistan’s Katrina is how they will deliver on that promise. (The comparison is intended only to contrast official attitude and reaction to the catastrophe and not to compare death tolls and loss of property.)