Food Shortages Next for Pakistan Flood Victims

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Tens of thousands of villages in Pakistan are still underwater, and with much of the crops flooded, severe food shortages could be ahead for the entire country.

Meanwhile, a slow government response to get aid to millions of flood victims could give the insurgent campaign to overthrow that government a foot up.

For flooding that's affected 20 million people, about one-ninth of Pakistan's entire population, it's surprising the death toll stands at only 1,500. But it's the aftermath that could kill millions more.

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Eight million of those 20 million flood victims have yet to see any aid. Angry citizens complain their government is failing them by not getting them food or transportation.

Private boat owners are stepping in to get people through the floodwaters, but they are charging so much that few Pakistanis can pay.

The waters have wiped out 17 million acres of desperately needed crops. This will mean food shortages in the near future for a country so poor, that it's dependent on foreign aid to get by even in the good years.

The Pakistan military is throwing some 60,000 troops into relief efforts, but that means less troops to fight the insurgency by Muslim extremists that could topple nuclear-armed Pakistan's shaky government.

The U.S. military is fighting to win the hearts of the flood victims by delivering massive amounts of aid, but Taliban insurgents are wooing them, as well. In one province alone, 17 relief camps have been set up since the first floods hit more than three weeks ago.

Anne Patterson, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, said the extremist efforts are still small.

"Frankly, we are not too concerned about the role of extremist charities because we think the people of Pakistan have a lot of domestic NGO's (non-governmental organization) that are very active and very reputable," Patterson said.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend a special session of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday focusing on the Pakistan humanitarian crisis.

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