The floods in Pakistan got the Twitter users all over the world talking as the devastation become clearer day by day. The hashtag #Pakistan became a top trend on the 28th of July, when the plane crash near Islamabad happened.
The graph rose a little (but not as much like the 28th of July) as the news of the floods broke out in the first week of august. The floods did not create much buzz in the following week. By 16th of August #Pakistan climbed into the top ten of Twitter trends again as people started to realize about the impact and devastation of the floods and the help required from the world.
There are many hashtags being used by Tweeps and most notable are #Pakistan, #PKrelief, #Pkfloods, #HelpPakistan etc. Let us look at what the netizens are talking about the Pakistan floods on Twitter.
Plights of the flood victims:
googlewaveyour: Number of People Displaced by Floods in #Pakistan Exceeds Entire Population of #Australia #pkfloods #helppakistan via #farhanmasood
farhanmasood: nothing is important than help people who really need it. so help them as much as u can… #HelpPakistan #PKFloods
Relief and Rescue efforts:
Interestingly media is also using Twitter to reach to netizens in Pakistan.
adrianma: CBC News looking to get in touch with volunteers on the ground in Pakistan for blogging. firstname.lastname@example.org #pakistan #pkrelief
It seems that although a lot of people are tweeting, most of them are retweets or basically synthetic and derivative tweeting, rather than tweets as the original source of information. It remains to be seen how these Tweets make an impact on the collection of donation, flood relief and the rehabilitation efforts.