Cruel Irony: No Clean Water in Flood-affected Pakistan

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Ian Woolverton, Save the Children Media Manager

Sukkur District, Pakistan

Friday, August 27, 2010

 

 I had to choke back tears as I watched a doctor supported by Save the Children give Ramzan, a 2-year-old boy, fluids in a feverous attempt to reverse the devastating effects of severe dehydration. 

Ramzan’s mother, Hajra, looked on anxiously as the doctor explained that she must help her son drink electrolytes to replace lost fluids. 

Make no mistake, Ramzan is gravely ill.  He has reached a dangerous level of dehydration brought on by watery diarrhea. No wonder. For the last fifteen days mother and child have lived on a baking concrete floor in one of the hundreds of camps that have sprung up in Sukkur district. 

Before floodwaters broke the banks of the River Indus, Ramzan lived with his eleven brothers and sisters in Jacobabad. Now they are destitute and face an uncertain future. 

At the camp Dr. Sheikh impressed upon me his concerns for a second wave of disaster — an outbreak of flood-related illnesses like diarrhea, malaria and skin infections. 

These types of preventable but communicable conditions send shivers down the spine. With still pools of water visible in most camps, reported cases of malaria are rising.

Biggest killer of children

But watery diarrhea concerns us most.  It robs the body of fluids, which can lead to heat stroke, kidney failure and death. 

The sad truth: diarrhea is the biggest killer of children under the age of five. Yet low-tech, low-cost solutions like packets of oral rehydration salts can help prevent children from becoming dangerously dehydrated. 

In many cases families are sourcing water from stagnant pools, which often contain human and animal waste.  This might sound ghastly, but what would you do if your son or daughter were desperately thirsty and drifting in and out of consciousness? Might you accept the risks of drinking dirty water in the hope of alleviating the suffering of your child? 

Factor in the stifling heat — temperatures soars high into the forties — and drinking contaminated water might not seem such a bad idea.  There’s a cruel irony at play in flood-affected Pakistan. Despite being swamped by billions of gallons of water, children and families cannot get enough safe water. 

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Mind-Boggling Destruction in South Punjab

Friday, August 27, 2010 

Save the Children's Reporting Coordinator in Pakistan

After spending three weeks in the cold mountainous Swat
valley, I arrived in the hot and humid climate of Multan to work
alongside Save the Children teams working in the worst affected
districts of Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. The floods
arrived here a week after the showers began in late July. There were
reports of nearly 300,000 people displaced overnight. There was also
news of entire villages living on the highways and in government
schools of Muzaffargarh and Multan. However, none of the reports came
close to the reality on ground.


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Displaced by flooding her village, Sakina camps at the side of the road with her 10 children and goat
Photo Courtesy Jason Tanner

Destruction in Muzaffargarh


The sight of makeshift shelters and tents begins at
xthe border of Muzaffargarh and Multan districts. Long lines of men,
women and children are found loitering on both sides of the busy
traffic. Besides those displaced from remote areas, people of nearby
villages are also found on the highway – their dilapidated homes
visible a few meters away.  It is mind-boggling to consider the
populations affected by the floods. In the district of Kot Addo the
lives of approximately 112,000 men, women and children have been
disrupted. These vast numbers of people do not have food, shelter,
clothing, access to health care and have completely lost their
livelihoods due to the floods. They will certainly require assistance
in the coming months, if not years, to not only resettle and establish
their lives but also to rejuvenate their income generating activities.


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Imtiaz, 25, with her 2-day-old unnamed baby
Photo Courtesy Jason Tanner

Relief to Brahimwala

Save the Children is the first NGO that has provided
food rations here. The packages include wheat, lentils, cooking oil,
micronutrient biscuits as well as tents, jerry cans, water buckets and
blankets to people who have lost their homes in district Muzaffargarh.
During one such distribution to the village of Brahimwala, I learned
how the villagers had departed from their homes in haste to reach safe
ground 25 kilometers away in the city of Muzaffargarh. There were no
registration points or information centers available for the displaced
to receive aid. They spent many days under the open sun before finding
temporary shelters on open grounds, roads and rampantly setup camps.
Food and drinking water distribution was irregular and chaos erupted
each time a truck arrived with provisions.

Unfortunately, the urban poor who live in shantytowns
of Muzaffargarh and Multan had joined the displaced to fight for
whatever donations they could lay their hands on. The needs are so
great.

As soon as the waters receded displaced people
returned to their homes. Although, most villages are still submerged
with the flood’s deluge of putrid water and mud, families have pitched
up tents alongside roads and canals. Water in Brahimwala has withdrawn,
demolishing each and every house in the village. The conditions are
appalling but with nowhere else to turn, people are living amidst mud,
flies and the remains of their houses squashed on the ground. The murky
flood waters and searing heat has worsened the dismal condition and
have increased the prevalence of diseases like diarrhea, malaria, skin
and respiratory infections.

Each and every member of Save the Children realizes
that an intense and continued support is essential to normalize the
lives of flood-affected people in Pakistan.



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Shamim,45, mourns the death of her four children and husband.

Photo Courtesy Jason Tanner

Little Ishrat Finds Shelter

Thursday, August 26, 2010 

Save the Children's Reporting Coordinator in Pakistan

Ishrat-1Ishrat, a 6-year-old Pakistani girl, calls the village of Brahimwala home. Brahimwala is situated near one of the several canals which irrigates the wheat, corn and rice fields of district Muzafargarh with water from the River Indus.

In late July, epic monsoon rains caused flash floods in the River Indus. Vast torrents of the flood waters totally collapsed the banks of the river in southern Punjab, especially in the districts of Muzafargarh, Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan.

"We heard in the late afternoon that a massive flood was coming towards Brahimwala." said Ishrat’s father, Talib, a sharecropper. Ill-prepared for the disaster, they grabbed some precious items such as food and clothing and rushed towards the city of Muzafargarh.

"My mother grabbed me as we ran out of the village," Ishrat remembered.

That evening the village was struck with flood waters at speeds of 30mph.Evacuation The mud and brick houses collapsed within minutes as the entire village was submerged in six feet of water. Ishrat and her family were part of the mass exodus of 300,000 people who fled to Muzafargarh by motorized vehicle, donkey-carts and on foot in search of safer ground

"We walked for many hours that night and slept under a tree." Ishrat said.

In the next few days, the government, armed forces and local charities had set up temporary shelters and began providing the displaced families with cooked food.

However, Talib said, the distribution of food was chaotic, “we were lucky to receive even one meal a day."

Just when they were expecting the waters to recede, approximately 700,000 displaced people in Muzaffargarh were shocked to hear that they had to evacuate the city. A single road was used by these people to reach neighboring Multan. Ishrat and her family moved into a generous villager’s home near Multan city – 12  people in three rooms. They survived for 10 days on the handful of food rations provided by their hosts. When they heard that the flood waters finally receded from Brahimwala, they immediately returned home.

However, the arrival home was quite painful.
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"Everything I owned is either destroyed or covered with mud." Talib said. "My share of the harvested wheat is ruined and my home has entirely collapsed."

As the rains continued, Ishrat and her family were hungry and had no roof over their heads. Devoid of all possessions and savings, the family was destitute and vulnerable.
Save the Children’s teams began to assess damages and select the neediest families to receive food rations and temporary housing items in Muzafargargh district. Due to extensive flood damage, Brahimwala’s residents were one of the first areas selected for emergency support.Ishrat-3"The people came to our village and asked us questions," Ishrat said. "They promised to give us some things to make our home."

Talib was delighted the morning Save the Children handed him a tent, blankets, jerry cans and buckets for his family. Food rations — including 170 pounds of wheat, 30 packets of micronutrient biscuits for his children and 5 liters of cooking oil — were provided the following day.

Ishrat ran around the rumble of her home clutching a water bucket, excited that she will now have a home.

"I have no words to describe how grateful I am. We have a roof over our heads and enough to eat so I don’t feel hungry anymore."

From Tsunami to Earthquake – An Inspiring Story of Cross Cultural Compassion


Charlie Charles MacCormack, Save the Children president and CEO

Westport, Connecticut
August  20, 2010

Sometimes it is those who have experienced hardship and loss themselves who are the ones who reach out to others in times of tragedy.  This is definitely the case for the students of UNSYIAH Laboratory School, a model community school established in 2007 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, designed to educate the students from the areas severely damaged by the 2004 earthquake and tsunami.  

Following the news of the earthquake in Haiti, the students of the UNSYIAH Laboratory School held several events to raise funds for the victims in Haiti.  

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For two weeks in mid-January of this year, they prepared and sold food and beverages to their fellow classmates, organized a charity car and motorcycle wash, volunteered as parking lot attendants and set out collection boxes on the streets of Banda Aceh to raise money from area residents. 
Donation box

The school’s senior class presented the funds to Save the Children as their class gift during the graduation ceremony this year, requesting that the money be used to help school children impacted by the Haiti earthquake. 

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Treacherous Trek To Deliver Aid

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 

Save the Children's Reporting Coordinator in Pakistan

Image003 The worst-affected areas of Swat are in the northern parts of the valley. For the past week, nine members of the Save the Children team have been distributing the food rations that have been delivered by helicopter by the World Food Programme. Myself and the senior programme manager decided that we should travel over to Kalam to assist the team and help document and monitor the food distribution. The only issue is that there are no helicopters available to transport aid workers, which meant if we wanted to get there, we would have to trek 50 kilometers to do so.  

We set off at 6:30am from Fateh Pur, a town 15 kilometers outside Saidu Sharif. From there the only road to Kalam had collapsed.   

We reached the first town, Adyan, after crossing two hills. The entire shape of the city had changed – the floods created a river that went straight through the middle of town, completely destroying the main market. Mud and dust was everywhere, as were huge boulders that the flood had carried right into town. A lot of people had already left and moved to the southern areas of Swat, but there were still some people remaining, trying to protect their homes and property. From Adyan we crossed a temporary bridge – two planks of wood – with the river 10 feet below us, flowing rapidly. When we had crossed the bridge, we saw that the road had collapsed and was 50 meters below where it used to be. So on one side of us was 20-30 meters of mountain face and on the other side was the river. We were forced to walk with the river water up to our knees, hanging on to the rock face. The water was ice cold.   
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 Flooding in the district of Muzzafargarh
Photo Courtesy Jason Tanner

We finally reached a city, Bahrain, which used to be a big tourist destination with lots of hotels, restaurants, and beautiful river side cafes. I was there five years ago on holiday with  my family. The city is now unrecognizable. It is like something has taken a huge pile of rocks and mud and thrown in all over the city. The main bazaar is completely destroyed. Three story hotels have tumbled down and the main road through the town was covered in 5 feet of mud. Small shops and stalls are covered in mud and dust and rocks. Several of the main bridges that people used to commute from one side of the city to the other have been destroyed – some without any remnants at all. But what was most amazing was that the river had completely changed course and was now running 20-30 meters further west from where it was.   

We walked along the old river bed out of the city and into the mountains. From there, cars took us along a small stretch of road – about 8 kilometers, to where the road ended. We were then forced to climb a couple of mountains on our right and walk through dense jungle with no sunlight. The only way to get through is via tight lanes and water canals used for irrigation. We walked through a number of mountainous villages and small farms. The majority of the people living here haven't moved. They are uphill from the river – but have been completely cut off from the rest of the world. Their livelihoods have been totally disrupted – there is no way they can sell their crops at the market.   

Moving on, we walked for 6 kilometers in the mountains before we reached Toorwal, where for three hours we had small stretches of road interrupted by mountain – the road had been washed away by the flood water.   

We came across a number of villages that had once been next to the river and had been completely destroyed. We met lots of people coming and going – some people, like us, traveling north with food rations. We met children who had 20 kilos of food on their backs for their families. We also met villagers who’d had homes destroyed, heading south in search of help. To reach Mankyal, we had to cross a 20-meter gap between the road and mountain. The bridge was a small tree trunk that the villagers had placed there to get over the river. This was very precarious and had a torrent of raging water running just under it. We had to crawl along. There was a line of people queuing up to get across.   
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Families hitch a ride on a boat fleeing rising floodwater near the town of Baseera in the district of Muzzafargarh. Flood waters continued to cause havoc in South Punjab.
Photo Courtesy Jason Tanner

We thought we were nearly there but found the road was destroyed again. We had to climb another two mountains, one of which was over 8,000 feet high, on a very narrow and steep track. We met locals also going to Kalam who said there were cars going the last few kilometers. We were lucky because they had just started operating. We crossed a few more villages, farmland and jungle. Everyone we met was asking if we were bringing aid with us. We met two young brothers, aged just 5 and 9, who told us about their experience. They had lost everything – their clothes, books, even their precious football — so I gave one of my shirts to them.   

We then climbed down to where the road took us to Kalam. We had been walking for almost 12 hours – and we didn't want to miss the jeeps driving to Kalam – which was another 17 kilometers. I couldn’t feel my feet, my back hurt and I had no more strength.  We were so thankful when we saw the Jeeps parked a few kilometers further down. By the time we got there, we realized they were actually waiting for the "two crazy outsiders" who were risking their lives coming here to help. It was nearing dusk and it had just starting to rain. Thankfully it hadn't rained during our walk as there was always the fear of landslides and slipping.   
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 A family takes refuge from flood waters on a mound in Sukkur
Reuters/ Akhtar Somroo, courtesy www.alertnet.org

The Jeep ride was about another hour – we had to go over more canals and broken roads – only just accessible by 4×4. Five years ago when I came to this area, there were hotels and restaurants, and people from all over Pakistan were here on holiday. I can remember so vividly all the lights and noise everywhere. When we arrived, it was as if it was a ghost town, completely pitch black. I couldn’t believe it was Kalam.   

We met the team at 8.30 pm – so glad we had got here. 

In Kalam, 90 percent of the main market, which provides a livelihood for so many people, was completely destroyed. It was unrecognizable. It looked like it might have 100 years ago: no cars – they had all washed away — no clean water supply, which was previously run by an electric pumping station, now destroyed. The only means of getting across the river is by climbing into a cage that is then hoisted across the water using a pulley/rope system, one person at a time.   

There is very little food here. The only way to get food in is by helicopter, and the major problem is that helicopters can’t come in when it's raining. It’s monsoon season so rain is almost continuous. Because of the bad weather, they couldn't fly in today. We had planned for food distribution on a daily basis, but we can't do anything if it rains. So far we have managed about two to three food distributions a week – far less than we had hoped. Save the Children is the only humanitarian organization working out here.

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Sajjad’s New Home

Friday, August 13, 2010 

Save the Children's Reporting Coordinator in Pakistan

Sajjad desk  Sajjad, 14, lives in the suburb of Jail in the city of Bahrain, Swat. Jail is an urban locality of more than 50 households and lies on the banks of the River Swat. Besides residential houses, it is full of commercial plazas, restaurants, hotels and guesthouses catering to tourists from all over Pakistan. Sajjad is the eldest of five siblings and studies in Class 7 at Swat Education Complex, a private school in Bahrain.   

Sajjad's father works as a school teacher and owns an apple farm near River Swat. He wishes Sajjad to excel in his education and study in a university.  

A year ago, Sajjad’s family faced great hardship when they were displaced from their homes by the conflict between the Pakistan army and the Taliban in Swat. Sajjad’s father could not earn a single rupee for months since schools were closed and the apple farm stagnated in his absence. However, they had quickly rejuvenated their lives after the conflict ceased.  

On Wednesday, July 28, 2010, unprecedented monsoon rains caused flash floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Swat. Areas bordering the River Swat were hit with vast torrents of floodwaters, causing widespread destruction of life and property. Bahrain was one of the worst affected cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – entire streets and hamlets were washed away within 24 hours. The suburb of Jail was terribly devastated by the watery onslaught.  

Sajjad signing up  “It had been raining for two days when we were told that Jail was surrounded by water,” recounted Sajjad. “Our neighbors were hastily running uphill. We collected all our precious goods and moved into an uncle’s house in a safer area of Bahrain. Later that day we found that our house had been destroyed by the flooded river.”  

The next morning, Sajjad’s father was shocked to see his entire apple farm ruined by murky floodwater. Since then, he has fallen ill and remains depressed throughout the day.   

Sajjad said he lost all his books, clothes and playing equipment. With the efforts of notable community members, food rations are being distributed in Bahrain but they are not enough for Sajjad and his host uncle’s families. 

“I do not know when we will ever have a place of our own,” said Sajjad.  

Save the Children began assisting flood survivors immediately after the rains ceased in Swat. Separate teams assessed damage and identified the neediest families in the worst-affected areas including Bahrain. Save the Children first selected families who had lost their homes to receive tents with bamboo and a shelter kit for setting up temporary housing structures. Since they had lost their home, Sajjad’s family received shelter support.   

Sajjad bucket  Accompanied by his uncle, Sajjad traveled for five hours to reach Save the Children’s distribution center. They were among the first in line to receive the promised tent, bamboo, buckets, water containers and other shelter items. His family was eagerly awaiting his return knowing that they could then move into their own space and begin rebuilding their lives.  

An excited Sajjad said, “I know these things will not replace my home but at least it will be my family’s first step toward a new home.”          



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New Hope for Qamar

Thursday, August 12, 2010 

Save the Children's Reporting Coordinator in Pakistan

QamarQamar, 13, lives in the village of Girlagan in UC Bahrain, Swat. Girlagan has 200 households and is situated on the banks of River Swat near the city of Bahrain, a famous tourist destination in Pakistan. Qamar has four brothers and three younger sisters and they all attend public government schools in Girlagan. Qamar is studying in Class 6 and loves to play cricket.  

Qamar’s father is unemployed but his eldest brother runs a small shop in Quetta city to support the family. They live in a small two-room mud house reinforced with wooden beams since they cannot afford to build a brick and steel structure.   On Wednesday, July 28, 2010, unprecedented monsoon rains caused flash floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Swat. Areas bordering the River Swat were hit with vast torrents of the flood waters, causing widespread destruction of life and property. Due to its location, the village of Girlagan and the surrounding areas of Bahrain city were one of the worst hit areas in Swat.  

“Water started entering my home in the afternoon,” remembers Qamar. “People were saying that we should leave since the river would destroy everything in its path.” 

In the next few hours, Qamar’s family gathered their precious items and ran to a neighbor’s house uphill. At midnight, the River Swat roared into Girlagan and destroyed the entire street where Qamar’s house was located. Since then, they have been living in a generous neighbor’s house but were still barely making ends meet. Their few savings have been depleted on purchasing expensive food items from the bazaar in nearby Bahrain city.  GIRLAGAY

“My mother bundled up our clothes but we lost all our household items,” says Qamar. “Because I was taking care of my younger brothers and sisters, I was only able to grab my schoolbag. My entire collection of storybooks and cricket bats washed away in the flood.” 

Qamar’s father says that two days after his house was destroyed, a relief agency accompanied by government officials came to Girlagan and asked them several questions. They promised to deliver emergency aid through helicopters. However, no relief has been provided to the survivors of Girlagan yet.  

A few days ago, Save the Children’s teams assessed damages and identified the neediest families in UC Bahrain and UC Mankyal in Swat for distribution of tents with bamboo and a shelter kit for setting up temporary housing structures. Since they had lost their home, Qamar’s family was immediately selected to receive shelter support.  

Qamar“The day before yesterday, I met Save the Children team,” says Qamar’s father. “I answered all their questions but was ambivalent about their promise to provide temporary housing material. 

“We left Girlagay yesterday and walked for four hours to reach Fatehpur,” he adds. “We arrived here early this morning and were surprised to find tents and bamboos being distributed to those who had been selected in Girlagan and other villages of UC Bahrain.” 

After checking their national identity cards, Save the Children handed over shelter items to Qamar and his father and also provided a small amount of cash to assist them in transport of the materials. 

“Thank God that we can make our own temporary house now,” Qamar’s father says. “This is a blessing for my family.” 

These are the first relief items that Qamar’s family has received. 

Says Qamar: “I am now hopeful that we can rebuild our home and continue our lives as before.”

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Landslides and Mule Chains

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 

Save the Children's Reporting Coordinator in Pakistan

With floodwaters causing havoc down south in Sindh and continuous showers falling in different parts of the country, the current floods in Pakistan are the worst natural disaster in the country's history.  With entire districts submerged and fear of more flooding from rains in Afghanistan, our work in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is rapidly gaining pace.

In spite of continuous rain, high altitudes and the raging river Indus, Save the Children’s emergency medical team in Allai crossed the Indus River by a hanging trolley. A chain of mules were used for transporting medical supplies to the affected area. Like islands in the vast flooded areas of Dera Ismail Khan, Save the Children’s mobile health teams are providing medical aid to people trapped in their villages and towns. Another team trekked for two days to reach the devastated city of Kalam in Swat, where they have provided 27 metric tons of food (supplied by WFP) to 316 families.    

Landslide on Malakand Mountains

After a two day respite in Islamabad, I braved the heavy downpour on my way back to Swat through the mountains of Malakand. Small rocks and sand cluttered the mountainous road until we reached a point where the army’s engineers stopped all traffic. A huge rock was splintering due to the rain, and the entire mountainside was about to collapse. We were stalled until late in the evening — trapped in the dark blue dusk, nearly 200 feet above the valley floor, shrouded in clouds. The rock eventually tumbled down, along with a large chunk of the mountain. A one-way road was carved into the rubble after four hours of incessant shoveling by bulldozers. See a video of the landslide below.

Beautiful Shangla

Yesterday, I visited Swat’s neighboring district of Shangla to assess flood damage. The entire district is a pastel of lush green mountains and valleys, glistening with white rooftops and fresh natural springs gushing into villages and towns. Meetings with government officials and army officers revealed that the entire valley of Shahpur, population of more than 250,000 people, is severely affected and cut off from the rest of Shangla. Nearly 70,000 extremely vulnerable people, with no belongings or stable sources of income, are awaiting assistance in Shahpur. Some 270 houses, seven bridges, two hospitals and four schools have been destroyed, whereas thousands of people have lost their farms, livestock and businesses. Unfortunately, no humanitarian aid has reached the affected people yet. There is only a committee of civil authorities, armed forces and community notables using a chain of 50 mules to transport basic food rations to 1,400 families in the 35-kilometer stretch of the valley.    

In this week, we will hopefully provide 1,000 families with tents and shelter kits to make temporary houses as well as 1,500 people with food rations in the distant areas of Upper Swat. We fear more rains, flooding and landslides, but our resolve to assist children
and families remains undeterred.

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Living Under the Pakistan Open Sky in the Rain

Monday, August 9, 2010 

Save the Children's Reporting Coordinator in Pakistan

Hussain, age 65, is from a small village in southern Punjab. He has lost all his belongings and now lives under the open sky without shelter. He has lost hope.

“We were sitting on a high patch of ground expecting that we would not be touched by flood waters. Suddenly, we saw that the water was gradually rising so I decided to take my family and animals to a safer place,” said Hussain.

“I did not get a chance to pick up any other belongings. The flood waters swept away all our food, clothes, utensils and other household items.”

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“Along with my family, I walked five hours to the railroad station, which is on high ground. For three days no one provided us food. We don’t have clothes to replace the ones we are wearing. Due to continuous rain, all our clothes are wet,” said Hussain, his eyes welling up with tears.

Now, as he sits on the ground, under the open sky in the rain, he expects some miracle to happen so that he can to return to a normal life.

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Relief Workers Battle Mother Nature to Deliver Aid to Pakistani Flood Victims

Thursday, August 5, 2010 

Save the Children's Coordinator in Pakistan Reports

Rains have continued to fall in Pakistan, not only in the upper river catchment areas, but also in the central parts of the country. Rivers are swelling and bursting their banks. In order to safeguard an irrigation barrage, dikes were deliberately breached in order to reduce the flow of water. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their dwellings and take refuge on embankments or roof tops.

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With the monsoon season continuing into mid-September, the misery of millions of people across Pakistan will not abate for the foreseeable future. Aid agencies like Save the Children are working hard to try and reach thousands of women and children in remote areas. 

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Teams in the north of the country have trekked through the mountains to deliver food, medicines and water to isolated communities. In Southern Punjab, small dugout boats will be used to deliver lifesaving assistance to vulnerable families whose homes have been washed away

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