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Social media gives Pakistani flood survivors platform to share experiences

This aerial view shows a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Balochistan province on Aug. 29, 2022. (Fida Hussain/AFP via Getty Images)
This aerial view shows a flooded residential area after heavy monsoon rains in Balochistan province on Aug. 29, 2022. (Fida Hussain/AFP via Getty Images)

The death toll now numbers over 1,200 in Pakistan where dramatic monsoon flooding covered a third of the country, leaving more than half a million homeless.

Images of the suffering — submerged buildings, hungry children and damaged — are now being shared around the world, as are videos expressing anger at public officials who many in affected areas say didn’t do enough to prepare for the floods.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talk with Femi Oke, host of Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream,” about the role of social media in Pakistan’s tragedy.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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