People in northwestern Pakistan are growing increasingly angry with government efforts to alleviate people’s suffering after the worst floods in living memory.
The total number of casualties is unknown, as so many communities have been totally destroyed, are underwater, or have been cut off from the outside world.
“The flood came here and took away our homes. The government released water from dams and our homes were washed away. Around 20,000 houses, the mosque and school were all destroyed,” said one man.
The government’s natural disaster prevention, and help supplied during it, are being questioned. There are accusations that poor areas have been sacrificed for richer ones, and the question on many lips is when is aid going to reach us?
However, so many transport links have been swept away or been damaged, making an already inaccessible region even more isolated.
The government lacks the resources to deal with flooding on such a massive scale. While grain baskets like the Punjab have been spared until now, farmers here are struggling to save the few grains they have left for replanting.