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Aftermath of Flood Catastrophe

Sheema Bibi: Peshawar

Victims of monsoon floods in Pakistan are still in dilemma. Many of them are homeless. Some lost their beloved ones. A mass got prone to water-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, yellow fever, diarrhea, scabies and other skin related diseases. Women and young girls faced hygiene problems.

Pregnant women faced the issue of challenging child births. The problem aggravated with the damage to health facilities. The humanitarian situation is being compounded by severe impacts on infrastructure. But the most alarming situation is of those who relied mainly on crops for bread and butter.

This havoc has wiped out agricultural lands, livestock assets, forests etc. As per preliminary estimates of provincial governments around 6.5m acres of standing “kharif crops” have been affected. All these effects have made the business of the poor unviable and unsafe.

The destruction of homes and belongings of the farmers and rural land owners has result in grief, sadness and stress over the loss of irreplaceable possession and built up equity. These people cannot cope up with the long-term difficulties of claiming insurance and finding resources to repair and rebuild their lost assets.

Their financial status has made them enter in a world of melancholy. It is indeed back-breaking to witness all our efforts go in vain and being totally unable to do anything about it. Irony of fate is these very people are made to stand in queue for their basic needs that makes it more heart-breaking.

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