In Pictures: Pakistan in Need of Food and Shelter

The devastating floods that have rolled through Pakistan for over a month now have left a disaster of massive scale in their wake. For a time, an area the size of England was submerged – one fifth of all the land in Pakistan. Although immediate loss of life remains relatively low (near 2,000 according to reports), damages from loss exceed $43 billion, almost one quarter of Pakistan’s GDP. These photographs from just a week in Pakistan can help convey some of the stories behind the numbers.

  • A young flood victim looks on at a relief camp in Nowshera in northwestern Pakistan on September 3, 2010. Pakistan's northwest, the first region to be hit by the floods and the most devastated, now has roads lined with tents and tens of thousands of displaced waiting to go home. Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/Big Picture/FlickrA young flood victim looks on at a relief camp in Nowshera in northwestern Pakistan on September 3, 2010. Pakistan's northwest, the first region to be hit by the floods and the most devastated, now has roads lined with tents and tens of thousands of displaced waiting to go home. Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/Big Picture/Flickr
  • Flood victims queue for aid provided by Sitara Chemical Industries Ltd in Sanawan, Punjab province Pakistan, on September 5, 2010. Photo: Carl De Souza/Big Picture/FlickrFlood victims queue for aid provided by Sitara Chemical Industries Ltd in Sanawan, Punjab province Pakistan, on September 5, 2010. Photo: Carl De Souza/Big Picture/Flickr
  • A Pakistani girl carrying her belongings on her head wades through flood waters in Punjab province's Basira on September 4, 2010. Photo: Carl De Souza/Big Picture/FlickrA Pakistani girl carrying her belongings on her head wades through flood waters in Punjab province's Basira on September 4, 2010. Photo: Carl De Souza/Big Picture/Flickr
  • Survivors wade through floodwater to return their home in Sujawat, Sindh province, Southern Pakistan, Sept 4, 2010. Photo: Vincent Thian/Big Picture/FlickrSurvivors wade through floodwater to return their home in Sujawat, Sindh province, Southern Pakistan, Sept 4, 2010. Photo: Vincent Thian/Big Picture/Flickr
  • Pakistani children who survived heavy flooding lie covered with flies as they are forced to live in miserable conditions on a roadside in Nowshera near Pesharwar, Pakistan on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad/Big Picture/FlickrPakistani children who survived heavy flooding lie covered with flies as they are forced to live in miserable conditions on a roadside in Nowshera near Pesharwar, Pakistan on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010. Photo: Mohammad Sajjad/Big Picture/Flickr
  •   A Pakistani woman displaced by floods holds her child as she waits for relief goods at a Pakistani Navy distribution point in a makeshift camp in Thatta district on September 2, 2010. Photo: Rizwan Tabassum/Big Picture/Flickr A Pakistani woman displaced by floods holds her child as she waits for relief goods at a Pakistani Navy distribution point in a makeshift camp in Thatta district on September 2, 2010. Photo: Rizwan Tabassum/Big Picture/Flickr
  • A flood victim collects bricks from abandoned buildings where her family found shelter in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district on September 4, 2010. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Big PictureA flood victim collects bricks from abandoned buildings where her family found shelter in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district on September 4, 2010. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Big Picture
  • A Pakistani girl reacts after she loses her juice packs, during a scramble for relief goods at a camp for people displaced by floods in the village of Chowk Ghulam Ali Wala, Punjab province, Pakistan on Friday Sept. 3, 2010. Photo: Vincent Thian/Big Picture/FlickrA Pakistani girl reacts after she loses her juice packs, during a scramble for relief goods at a camp for people displaced by floods in the village of Chowk Ghulam Ali Wala, Punjab province, Pakistan on Friday Sept. 3, 2010. Photo: Vincent Thian/Big Picture/Flickr
  • Internally displaced Pakistani women queue for relief goods in Larkana on September 3, 2010. Photo: Adek Berry/Big PictureInternally displaced Pakistani women queue for relief goods in Larkana on September 3, 2010. Photo: Adek Berry/Big Picture
  • A Turkish doctor gives treatment to a Pakistani woman displaced by floods at a makeshift field medical camp in Thatta district on September 2, 2010. Photo: Rizwan Tabassum/Big Picture/FlickrA Turkish doctor gives treatment to a Pakistani woman displaced by floods at a makeshift field medical camp in Thatta district on September 2, 2010. Photo: Rizwan Tabassum/Big Picture/Flickr
  •  Amira, 2, a flood victim suffering from skin and stomach problems, cries at a hospital in Sukkur, in Pakistan's Sindh province September 1, 2010. Victims of Pakistan's floods queued at hospitals where scant resources were available to treat a rising number of patients. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Big Picture/Flickr Amira, 2, a flood victim suffering from skin and stomach problems, cries at a hospital in Sukkur, in Pakistan's Sindh province September 1, 2010. Victims of Pakistan's floods queued at hospitals where scant resources were available to treat a rising number of patients. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Big Picture/Flickr
  • Internally displaced Pakistani women wait for relief goods in Larkana on September 3, 2010. Relief efforts in flood-ravaged Pakistan are being stretched by the "unprecedented scale" of the disaster, while funding has almost stalled, the UN said on September 2. Photo: Adek Berry/FlickrInternally displaced Pakistani women wait for relief goods in Larkana on September 3, 2010. Relief efforts in flood-ravaged Pakistan are being stretched by the "unprecedented scale" of the disaster, while funding has almost stalled, the UN said on September 2. Photo: Adek Berry/Flickr

The devastating floods that have rolled through Pakistan for over a month now have left a disaster of massive scale in their wake. For a time, an area the size of England was submerged – one fifth of all the land in Pakistan. Although immediate loss of life remains relatively low (near 2,000 according to reports), damages from loss exceed $43 billion, almost one quarter of Pakistan’s GDP. These photographs from just a week in Pakistan can help convey some of the stories behind the numbers.

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