The rains may have ceased in Pakistan, but the flood damage remains. More than 2 million homes have been damaged or destroyed. In terms of scale, this is almost four and a half times the number of homes in Birmingham.
A United Nations official has warned that ‘Pakistan is on the verge of a public health disaster.’ Cholera, malaria and dengue fever could end up claiming more lives than the flooding.
‘We are living in a tent made by ourselves to protect us from the sun,’ shares Fazel, a 45-year-old father of seven.
‘There are lots of mosquitoes; my children are also getting sick, we don’t have any medicine or money to buy it.’
As Fazel’s family fled their home, the roof collapsed with Fazel’s youngest son still inside. Thankfully, he wasn’t injured and the entire family escaped. But, the floods washed away all of their livestock, destroying their livelihoods. It will be an uphill struggle for them to recover from the devastation of the flooding.
‘We are dependent on the help of people,’ says Fazel. ‘We urgently need food, drinking water, and milk for our baby children and medicine for sick members of the family.’