The pain cries out from the faces of the Pakistan flood survivors in their daily struggle against overwhelming odds. They live now surrounded by fear as disease starts to take hold in some of the devastated areas.
One mother’s story strikes a strong resonance across the country. “Our children are sick. Even the water from the hand pump is dirty. You can see for yourself how dirty the area is. The old people and the children are all drinking this water which is the cause of many diseases,” said Bibi Zainab a victim.
It has been reported that at least 45 children have now died from disease. Many have to survive without proper shelter and no electricity. With bridges smashed moving food, medicine and survivors is a perilous task, hindered too by unscrupulous boat owners.
“I am a local Adda Baseera resident. Here we are facing a big transportation problem. The local boat owners are demanding 20 to 40 rupees from us. How can we pay them? We don’t have money to cross the flood waters. The government should do something for us,” explained Saleem Khan.
In rural areas people have lost their livelihoods, hundred of thousands of cattle have drowned, produce remains stuck in barns while the growing season is due to start next month.