Pakistan Flood Sets Back Years of Gains on Infrastructure

Men waded waist deep all week wedging stones with their bare hands into an embankment to hold back Pakistan’s surging floodwaters. It was a rudimentary and ultimately vain effort to save their town. On Thursday, the waters breached the levee, a demoralizing show of how fragile Pakistan’s infrastructure remains, and how overwhelming the task is to save it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/world/asia/27flood.html?hp

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