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Pakistan’s people in peril

The story of Pakistan’s superflood was often told in numbers: 21 million people affected (homeless, injured, malnourished or sick), more than 4,500 villages swept away, 2 million people at risk of malaria, 20 per cent of the country under water. Beyond these frightening numbers, it came down to individuals struggling to survive. A young boy wading through deep mud to get medicine. An old man carrying a 25-kilo sack of rice. Families swimming for their lives, or stranded in trees or rooftops, amid a churning sea of brown water. Here in photos are a few of their stories.

A man clutches his children while wading through flood waters towards a naval boat in Sukkur, in Pakistan’s Sindh province. ©REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Marooned flood victims grab the side bars of a hovering army helicopter, which arrived to distribute food supplies in the Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. ©REUTERS/Adrees Latif, courtesy www.alertnet.org

A family displaced by flooding wades through flood waters as they return to their village of Bello Patan, in Pakistan’s Sindh province in late September. ©REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Two boys stand amid the ruins of their old neighbourhood in the Nowshera district — one of the worst-affected districts in Khyber-Paktunkwa province. ©IFRC


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