When I saw the picture from Pakistan 15 minutes ago, it struck me how primitive and futile a wooden boat on a donkey cart seemed as rescue equipment in the face of the massively tragic deluge there, and how different the scene was from floods in the U.S. I second-guessed myself almost immediately, as I remembered the 2005 picture from Gulfport in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
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A Pakistani man carries a small boat on a donkey-cart to use to rescue people trapped in flooded areas in Sukkur on August 6, 2010. Devastating floods in Pakistan have affected an estimated 4.5 million people, United Nations officials said Friday, as relief workers warned that the amount of aid needed was "absolutely daunting".
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Elvin Duckworth, left, Jonathan Harvey, center, and Leonard Harvey paddle a row boat through a flooded street in their Gulfport, Miss, neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Monday, Aug. 29, 2005.