In Pakistan, the youngest are the most vulnerable of all.
Aid workers say unless the world responds immediately more and more of the 3.5 million children affected by the floods will be at risk of contracting deadly diseases like dysentery, cholera and malaria.
In Sindh province, hundreds have left their water-logged villages and headed for the regional capital, Karachi. Dozens of displaced families are waiting at the city’ s railway station to be taken to relief camps. But aid workers say there is no transport.
Police in the district of Charsadda resorted to baton charges to prevent a riot at a relief camp where food rations were being handed out.
“Supplies do come but the most needy don’t get them. Outsiders are coming in. The police beat us back. It is shameful. We get nothing and our children are dying of hunger,” said one woman waiting in the crowd.
Both men and women were involved in the scuffles during several stampedes and were beaten back by police trying to restore order.
Children cried as they were trampled underfoot in the crush.