Americans, seeing the destruction this summer from floods in Pakistan, cannot help but draw comparisons to the devastation in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Both raised serious questions about governmental response to natural disasters, although the failings of both governments do not permit easy comparisons. Despite the differences between the two, Pakistan can learn from the U.S. response to Katrina: that with overcrowding in urban areas and limited resources, Pakistan will likely be unable to overcome the geographic challenges of evacuation. Instead, Pakistan must rely on flood prevention techniques, primarily in its cities, as its central line of defense.
Oded Cedar (2011) "A Failure of Conscience: How Pakistan’s Devastating Floods Compare to America’s Experience During Katrina," Sustainable Development Law & Policy: Vol. 11: Iss. 1, Article 16. Available at: http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/sdlp/vol11/iss1/16