With the motorway nearby, the situation in Akbar Pura is not as bad as it might have been. Help and supplies have been readily available in the aftermath of Pakistan’s devastating floods.
In other places, access is on foot or by mule.
“Nobody warned us, we only found out about the flood when it arrived. We were cut off. Everyone headed for the motorway as it was the only safe place and there was no other way out.” said local resident Rouhul Amin. His aunt, Tajbar Bibi, is battling with grief: “The flood took my sister. I go the river every day and call for her. Everyone is sad. We looked for her for a week but we did not find her. If only we could find her body, that would be better, but we have not found it.”
The local school has been turned into a makeshift shelter for families left homeless by the deluge. Aid and reconstruction will cost billions of dollars and will cut into strategic spending on better services, employment and the fight against insurgents.