Struggling Pakistanis face heavy costs of flood
In late August, the swelling Swat River changed its course and rushed into the village of Naeem Ullah in northwest Pakistan, destroying not just his home but
also the homes of all 13 of his relatives. The 40-year-old man's sugarcane crop, which was grown on 12.4 acres of leased property, was also destroyed
eaving him jobless, homeless, and with little hope of repaying the money he had borrowed to purchase seed and fertiliser.
In his hamlet of Dagi Mukarram Khan, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, "I have to start my life from zero."
I am completely lost. The only thing I can do is ask Allah to grant me the courage to handle this greatest challenge of my life. " Floodwaters,
33 million people in Pakistan have been affected by floodwaters that have flooded a third of the country due to months of nonstop rain and sweltering spring
temperatures that have hastened the melting of glaciers. The National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan reports that more than 1,300 people have perished
, and the damage has cost an estimated $US10 billion ($16.4 billion), with 1.6 million
dwellings lost or damaged, 5,000 kilometres of roads ruined, and more than 700,000 animals slaughtered.