Pakistan's floods alter lifestyle of the Jam people

Jam people living on boats

A traditionally self-sufficient ethnic group in Pakistan is now facing difficulties brought on by the devastating floods of July 2010. The floods submerged 17 million acres of the country's most fertile land and destroyed thousands of villages in its path.  Some 20 million people were affected. Now the Jam people of Pakistan need support.  Here is their story.

Japan underestimated threat of tsunami to nuclear plants

IAEA Team

Japan underestimated the threat posed by a tsunami on its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March 11 earthquake.  That's the conclusion of an international team of nuclear experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which has completed a preliminary assessment of safety issues at the plant.  The tsunami and earthquake, which destroyed thousands of buildings and infrastructure in Japan, killed more 15,000 people, injured thousands of others and over 8,000 are missing.

A world free of rinderpest

Cow eating

Rinderpest has now been eradicated from the face of the earth!   The disease, which means "cattle plague" in German, was an infectious disease of cattle, buffalo and some species of wildlife.  Those animals contracting rinderpest experienced fever, diarrhoea and a high mortality.  Now the World Organization for Animal Health has proclaimed that with the support of FAO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the world is rinderpest free.

Presenter: Gerry Adams

Production Assistant : Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Editor: Daniel Dickinson                              

Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN Calling Asia.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
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