Water is a good servant but a bad master


JOHANNESBURG, 4 August 2010 (IRIN) - The floods in northwest Pakistan could be a taste of things to come. A recent report warns that in the next two decades factors like climate change could worsen water-related humanitarian crises.

The flooded part of Pakistan lies in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region, billed as the most disaster-prone in the world, according to the Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), which serves as a regional policy think-tank for its eight member countries.