The media headlines of Pakistan's floods have disappeared but the tragic consequences continue. An estimated 33 million people have been affected, of which 20 million are still living in dire conditions.
It’s been almost six months since the floods in Pakistan, and homes and farmland in many parts of the country remain underwater. In the areas where floods are receding, health and hygiene concerns including cholera, dengue, and malaria, pose severe threats to people's well-being. Many areas also have been reporting cases of scabies, especially in children as they play in the floodwater.
Contaminated water is another big issue, especially in Sindh where the quality of water in the entire region is exceptionally poor. The few handpumps that existed to offer clean water were severely damaged during the floods.
Shelter continues to be a top priority. Many people were forced to leave their flooded homes and retreat to the nearest evacuation centre. Some resorted to sleeping on the roadside – unprotected and with barely any resources to build a roof over their heads.