Heavy monsoon rains have triggered the worst floods in Pakistan in living memory, killing more than 1,600 people. Across the country over 14 million people have been affected, with hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.
Flash floods have caused catastrophic landslides, burying entire villages, and submerging areas across all four provinces. Rivers swollen by torrential rains have burst their banks unleashing widespread devastation, destroying houses, bridges, schools, roads and railway tracks.
The floods range from northernmost Gilgit-Baltistan, through Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, across central Punjab, down to Sindh in the south.
Amongst the worst-hit areas are Nowshera, Charsadda and Swat in KPK, where hundreds of thousands of people are without food, shelter or clean water.
Entire communities have been uprooted from their submerged towns and villages. Some have sought shelter with relatives, but most have nowhere to go. Survivors are taking shelter in schools, mosques and on high ground.
Delivery of emergency relief to flood-hit regions has been hampered by the destruction of roads. Weather conditions have also limited the use of helicopters, grounded by heavy rains and strong winds.
There are fears that flood survivors with little food or clean water are falling prey to waterborne diseases from contaminated floodwaters. Children, expectant mothers and the elderly are especially at risk from diarrhoea and cholera.
Humanitarian aid is urgently needed to help prevent more deaths from these catastrophic floods.