Photograph courtesy Russell Watkins, U.K. Department for International Development
Seen in December 2010, a young girl stands next to a tree covered in webs in Sindh, Pakistan, near the intersection of two roads that had only recently reemerged from floodwaters.
At the height of the crisis, the flooded region covered an area the size of England. Nearly 2,000 people died during the disaster and 20 million people were affected, according to the Pakistani government.
“More people were affected by the flooding than the combined total of the Boxing Day Indian Ocean tsunami, 2005 Pakistan earthquake,  Haiti earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina,” John Barrett, head of DFID’s Flood Response Team, said in a statement.
As part of the international response, DFID mounted the U.K.’s largest humanitarian operation yet.
(article reposted from National Geographic – more pictures and posts about the trees here)
Big Picture Science – The Heat is On
After the winds and water of Typhoon Haiyan abated, grief and hunger swept though the Philippines, along with the outbreak of disease. Are monster storms the new normal in a warmer world? Some scientists say yes, and if so, climate change is already producing real effects on human life and health.
A hotter planet will serve up casualties from natural disasters, but also higher rates of asthma, allergies and an increase in mosquito-borne diseases. It is, according to one researcher, the greatest challenge of our time, straining health care efforts worldwide. But could a “medical Marshall Plan” save us?
Also, why the conservative estimates from the U.N.‘s climate change group don’t help people prepare for worst-case scenarios. And, a controversial approach to saving our overburdened planet: a serious limit on population growth.
Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Jeff Masters on Typhoon Haiyan
Part 2: Linda Marsa on disease and our warming planet
Part 3: Fred Pearce on the IPCC
Part 4: Alan Weisman on population problems and solutions