Flooding

Dusty, thin tents and shelters made of tree branches stretch off into the distance in the vast, unplanted fields of Raziq Binu village, Sindh Province. Outside these makeshift shelters, children play with pieces of wood and trash. The onset of winter means that temperatures will continue to drop as...
Barely hidden beneath the surface of Pakistan's worst flooding in living memory were the geopolitical stakes shaping both the justifications for official Western assistance and how aid was delivered to victims of the disaster. The perverse result may be a further restricting of the ability of...
Sadia is five years old. Seven times a day she takes a precarious walk of nearly half a kilometre to her family’s meagre shelter with two heavy pots of water balanced on her head and a bottle of water clenched under a skinny arm. In August the monsoon floods swept through her hometown of Khairpur...
Mohammed Khan* was spending the summer holiday, waiting to join the 10th grade when the floods came and submerged his hometown of Khaipur and many other parts of Pakistan. The torrential rains and massive water flows washed away his village Khaipur and changed his life. Fleeing their collapsed...
A long drought in Chad, followed by torrential rains, has destroyed crops, flooded wells and cut off villages. Weakened by malnutrition and without access to clean water, people are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of cholera in the region. “After a long drought, everyone was looking forward to...
Displaced by water The battered sign reads: “Welcome to Sukkur: City of Rivers and Canals”. More than five weeks have passed since the floods first struck Pakistan, and some of the water has started to recede in provinces like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; but as it travels south, where fresh floods have hit...
Access to safe drinking water and healthcare is a top priority in the ongoing flood emergency in Pakistan, says international medical organisation Médecins sans Frontières (MSF). The response should be based on the need of the affected populations alone, and not subject to political or military...
“I walked from Gul Bela, a village nearby to come here. I know that this distribution being held right now by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is for the community of Jala Bela. I heard people talk about it around a health center in my village that MSF has been supporting since displaced people...
Swat Valley was once known as the Switzerland of Pakistan, a place where families would spend the week-end walking in the mountains and enjoying the beautiful river banks for picnics. Since the 2008 conflict between militants and the army, the situation in the area has remained very tense and...
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