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‘Everything is destroyed’: Pakistan flood survivors plead for assist

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'Everything is destroyed': Pakistan flood survivors plead for aid

The smattering of properties in Panjal Sheikh began to break down one after the other, as torrential rain lashed the tiny southern Pakistani village and flooded the huge stretches of farmland round it.

After almost two weeks of incessant downpours this month, there was nothing left however broken partitions, particles and piles of individuals’s belongings poking out amongst swimming pools of brown floodwater and gray mud.

The residents of Panjal Sheikh are among the many tens of tens of millions hit throughout Pakistan by the worst monsoon floods in a decade, which have destroyed or broken almost one million properties and killed greater than 1,000 individuals for the reason that rains started in June.

“When it started raining, there was destruction in every direction,” mentioned Panjal Sheikh resident Mukhtiar Ahmed.

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“As we rushed to try and save the children in a house that had just collapsed, another house fell, and then another,” he informed AFP on Sunday.

“The whole village has been erased.”

Ghulam Rasool treads via what stays of his flood-damaged mud home on the outskirts of Sukkur in Sindh province. (Photo: AFP)

Pakistan receives heavy — typically damaging — rains throughout its annual monsoon season, that are essential for agriculture and water provides.

But the catastrophic injury from this yr’s downpours and flooding has not been seen for many years.

Pakistani officers blame local weather change, which is growing the frequency and depth of maximum climate all over the world.


The relentlessness of the catastrophe was stunning, mentioned Ghulam Rasool, the 80-year-old village head of Panjal Sheikh — which lies lower than 25 kilometres from the banks of the mighty Indus River.

“There was a loud sound suddenly, and we could not figure out what had happened,” he informed AFP.

He suspected that his son’s small house on the household land had collapsed.

“We thought all the four had died,” Rasool mentioned, referring to his son, daughter-in-law and their two youngsters.

As the household tried and did not maintain the floodwaters from rising on their land, Rasool’s pregnant daughter went into labour.

“I felt the pain but I was scared to tell anyone,” mentioned Naheed Sheikh, 30. “I finally told my mother.”

Through the driving rain, her household managed to get her to an unkempt hospital the place her daughter was delivered through a caesarean part.

Girls wade via floodwater whereas carrying ingesting water in Jaffarabad, Balochistan. (Photo: AFP)

Her ordeal continued when she bought house.

“I was half asleep in my room… when we felt that the room could collapse,” she informed AFP.

“I rushed out with my daughter in my arms and the walls fell as soon as we got out.”

The rooms Rasool had constructed for his different little children additionally fell one after one other.

At the tip of the 13 days of rain, he surveyed what remained, stumbling via heaps of straw, private belongings and the piles of firewood he would promote to make ends meet.


He mentioned he pushed down the weak partitions that remained so they don’t fall on any passersby.

“Everything is destroyed. We can’t even cook a meal for ourselves,” Rasool mentioned.

“We are in deep pain and waiting for someone to help us.”

Many flood survivors from villages similar to Panjal Sheikh have made their option to Sukkur, the biggest metropolis close by, hoping for help.

Some sat alongside an elevated freeway beneath tents long-established from plastic sheets.

As two navy vehicles handed carrying meals, sacks of wheat, tents and cooking pots, a crowd of individuals rushed in the direction of them.

Some desperately tried to climb up the vehicles, combating one another to try to attain the help gadgets.

Soldiers shouted at them to type a queue, however few listened.

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