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Record-Breaking Rainfall Causes Deadly Floods in Pakistan

Massive rainfall has caused the deadliest floods in Pakistan since 1929. Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained.

Fight for Food

Sept. 8: Pakistani women fight for possession of a pack of relief aid goods  thrown from a truck near a camp for people displaced by floods in Punjab province.

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Fight for Food

Sept. 8: Pakistanis run to get relief goods thrown from a passing truck near a camp for people displaced by floods in Punjab province.

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Fight for Food

Sept. 3: A Pakistani girl reacts as she loses her juice packs during a scramble for relief goods at a camp for people displaced by floods in Punjab province. Flood victims say they have received little government help, and most assistance has come to them from private charities. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned that the survivors' anger was beginning to hamper those aid efforts.

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Covered with Flies

Aug. 31: Pakistani children who survives heavy flooding are covered with flies as they live in miserable conditions at a roadside in Nowshera near Pesharwar, Pakistan. Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained.

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Living at Camp

Aug 31: Children who survive floods live in a tent in a camp setup for displaced people in Nowshera near Peshawar, Pakistan. Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained.

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Bathing at Camp

Aug. 31: Boys who survive floods take bath at a camp setup for displaced people in Nowshera near Peshawar, Pakistan. Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained.

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Meals at Camp

Aug. 31: A Pakistani flood survivor carries meal at a camp setup for displaced people in Karachi, Pakistan. Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained.

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Taking Refuge

Aug. 29:  Pakistani women displaced by flooding sit on beds after taking refuge from rising waters on an embankment near the flooded Indus River, near Thatta, Sindh Province, southern Pakistan.

Fleeing Flooded Roads

Aug. 29:  A Pakistani man pushes a cart with his belongings as they cross a flooded road in Baseera, Muzaffargarh district, Punjab Province.

Destruction Spreads

Aug. 29:  A Pakistani woman rides a truck as they cross a flooded road in Baseera, Muzaffargarh district, Punjab Province.

Sitting in Ruins

Aug. 26: Pakistani villagers sit over their houses collapsed by floods in Nowshera, Pakistan. Pakistani officials urged anyone left in three southern towns Thursday to evacuate immediately as floodwaters broke through a levee, endangering areas previously untouched by the country's almost month-long disaster.

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Doing Chores

Aug. 26: A Pakistani girl washes linens buried in debris of her house collapsed by heavy floods in Nowshera, Pakistan. Pakistani officials urged anyone left in three southern towns Thursday to evacuate immediately as floodwaters broke through a levee, endangering areas previously untouched by the country's almost month-long disaster.

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Rescued from the Floods

Aug. 25: Pakistan villagers are rescued by volunteers from the heavily flooded area of Garhi Khairo, in southern Pakistan on Wednesday. Pakistan will have to demonstrate it can spend relief funds transparently and well if it wants more help in rebuilding after its massive floods, the U.S. aid chief said, as officials in the northwest vowed Wednesday to stop banned Islamist groups from helping victims.

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Holding Ground

Aug. 24: Pakistani residents stand on their property which is surrounded by flood waters, near Thul in Sindh province, southern Pakistan. Floods have isolated about 800,000 people in Pakistan who are now only reachable by air and aid workers need at least 40 more helicopters to ferry lifesaving aid to the increasingly desperate people, the United Nations said.

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Mosque Submerged

August 23: A mosque is submerged in floodwater in Shadad Kot near Sukkar, Pakistan. Workers continue to pile stones and sandbags to plug leaks in a levee protecting two southern Pakistani cities. (AP)

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Homes Underwater

August 23: Some homes are completely under water in Shadad Kot near Sukkar, Pakistan. (AP)

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Flood Survivors

August 23: Some flood survivors live in a camp set up in Kotri, near Hyderabad, Pakistan. (AP)

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Pakistani Survivors

August 22: Survivors of the flood ask for more bread as they eat at an evacuation center for flood victims in Multan, Pakistan. The world has given or pledged more than $800 million to help Pakistan cope with massive floods. (AP)

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Tent Cities

August 23: People walk around tents at camp for Pakistani families displaced by floods organized by the Pakistan Army in Sukkar, Sindh province, in southern Pakistan. (AP)

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Flooded Farm Compound

August 19: A Pakistani family stands on its farm compound surrounded by flood waters as seen from a Pakistan navy helicopter during an emergency aid distribution, near Bachel in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan, on Thursday.

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Emergency Aid Distribution

August 19: A man stands on top of the roof of his house surrounded by flood waters during an emergency aid distribution, in southern Pakistan. 

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Natural Disaster

August 17: A general view of collapsed buildings following heavy flooding in Kalam, in Pakistan's Swat Valley. America had committed at least $87 million in aid and expected to give more in the coming days, a U.S. official said.

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Awaiting Rescue

August 17: Stranded Pakistanis wait to board a U.S. helicopter, which arrived to transport them in Kalam, in Pakistan's Swat Valley. 

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U.S. Transports Survivors

August 17: Stranded Pakistanis board U.S. helicopter in Kalam, Pakistan heading them to safety.  

 

 

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Struggling for Drinking Water

August 17: Flood survivors drink or fetch drinkable water in Nowshera, Pakistan. Many of about 20 million people affected by flooding in Pakistan have yet to receive any assistance despite a growing international relief effort, the U.N. said.

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Born in the Flood

August 17: Newly born twins lie at a camp set up for flood survivors in Sukkar, Pakistan. 

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U.S. Offers Relief

August 17: Pakistani workers unload the relief supplies from a U.S. helicopter in Kalam, in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The U.S. had committed at least $87 million in aid and expected to give more in the coming days.

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Relief Efforts

August 17: Pakistani army soldiers help with the relief effort in Kalam, Pakistan. 

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Distributing Food

August 16: Pakistani flood victims jostle to get relief food distributed by volunteers in Shekarpur, Pakistan. Angry flood survivors in Pakistan blocked a highway to protest slow delivery of aid and heavy rain lashed makeshift housing Monday as a forecast of more flooding increased the urgency of the massive international relief effort.

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Fighting for Food

August 16: Pakistani flood victims fight for relief food distributed by volunteers in Shekarpur, Pakistan. 

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Kids in Relief Camp

August 9: Pakistani children who are affected by floods live at a relief camp set up in Nowshera in northwest Pakistan. Pakistan will need billions of dollars to recover from its worst floods in history. 

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Fighting for Food

August 16: Pakistani flood victims attack one another for food in Shekarpur, Pakistan. Protests arose by angry citizens upset with the slow delivery of aid. 

 

 

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Kids Fight for Food

August 9: Pakistani flood-affected children scuffle for food relief distributed by people in Nowshera in northwest Pakistan. The number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan exceeds 13 million more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United Nations said Monday.

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Angry Survivors

August 16: Angry flood survivors gesture as they block a highway demanding food, shelter and water in Sukkar, Pakistan. They protested slow delivery of aid and heavy rain lashed makeshift housing Monday as a forecast of more flooding increased the urgency of the massive international relief effort.

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Transporting Belongings

August 16: Pakistani flood survivors shift their belongings to safer areas in Khangarh near Multan, Pakistan.

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Kids Struggling for Drinking Water

August 12: Flood affected children help a woman to get water in a camp in Nowshera, Pakistan. Pakistani flood survivors already short on food and water began the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday, a normally festive, social time marked this year by misery and fears of an uncertain future.

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Rescued from the Floods

August 11: A villager is rescued by a Pakistan's Navy helicopter from flooded area of Ghaus Pur near Sukkur, in Pakistan's Sindh province. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari returned home to a storm of criticism after visiting Europe as his country was gripped by the worst floods in its history. His arrival Tuesday came as thousands of people fled a major city in central Pakistan as rivers threatened to submerge the area.

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Destruction

August 1: A Pakistani woman reacts to see the destruction of her house due to flooding in Nowshera, Pakistan on Sunday. The death toll from massive floods in northwestern Pakistan rose to 1,100 Sunday as rescue workers struggled to save more than 27,000 people still trapped by the raging water.

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Needing Food

August 1: A Pakistani girl asks officials for food in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan on Sunday. 

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Heading to Hyderabad

August 1: Pakistan army soldiers carry a boat on their way to flooded areas in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

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Flood Victims

August 1: In Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistani flood victims receive food provided by a volunteer. 

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Collecting Belongings

August 1: Pakistani villagers collect their belongings from their houses collapsed by heavy flooding in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan.

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Overflowing River

July 30: People stand at a bank of overflowing steam in Mingora, the capital of Swat valley in Pakistan on Friday. The death toll in three days of flooding in Pakistan reached more than 300 on Friday, rescue and government officials said, as rains bloated rivers, submerged villages, and triggered landslides. 

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Nowshera City Submerged in Floodwater

July 30: An aerial view shows Nowshera city submerged in floodwater caused by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan on Friday. Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods in northwest Pakistan on Friday as the government said it was the deadliest such disaster to hit the region since 1929. 

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Patroling Nowshera

July 30: Pakistan army soldiers patrol in flooded area in Nowshera, Pakistan on Friday. Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods.

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House Flooded in Peshawar

July 30: An exhausted boy naps in his house flooded by heavy monsoon rains in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday. 

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Girl in Flooded House

July 30: A Pakistani girl looks from her house. Peshawar, Pakistan was completely flooded thus causing delays with relief efforts.  

 

 

 

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Sitting by Flooded House in Peshawar

July 30: A woman sits outside her house flooded by heavy monsoon rains in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday. Pakistanis desperately await aid and food. 

 

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Heavy Monsoon Rains

July 30: People with belongings migrate as their houses were flooded following heavy monsoon rains in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan on Friday. The death toll in three days of flooding in Pakistan reached at least 313 on Friday, rescue and government officials said, as rains bloated rivers, submerged villages, and triggered landslides.

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Dera Ismail Khan Flooding

July 30: In Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan an aerial view shows houses submerged in water due to heavy flooding. The death toll from three days of flooding in Pakistan reached at least 430 as of Friday.

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Heavy Flooding Submerges House

July 30: An aerial view shows houses are submerged in water due to heavy flooding in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan on Friday. The death toll in three days of flooding in Pakistan reached over 300 on Friday, rescue and government officials said, as rains bloated rivers, submerged villages, and triggered landslides. 

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Aerial View of Flooded City

July 30: Nowshera city submerged in water caused by massive floods in Pakistan. 

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Helping the Elderly

July 30: Pakistani army soldiers help an elderly villager evacuated from flooded area in Nowshera, Pakistan.

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Wall Fixtures

July 30: Pakistani villagers, in Nowshera, collect fixtures off their wall which collapsed due to heavy flood. 

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Villagers Evacuated

July 30: Pakistani officials help villagers in Nowshera Pakistan to evacuate flooded areas.

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Trees Float in Flooded Nelum River

July 30: Pakistani villagers try to catch trees float in the flooded Nelum river in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir on Friday.

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Floods Invade Muzaffarabad

July 30: A man lifts a child as a woman sweeps water from her house flooded by monsoon rains in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. 

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Stranded Pakistani Villagers

July 30: Stranded Pakistani villagers wait for rescue helicopters stranded in their houses in Nowshera, Pakistan on Friday. Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods in northwest Pakistan on Friday as the government said it was the deadliest such disaster to hit the region since 1929. 

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Swollen Nelum River

July 30: A Pakistani woman sits at the bank of the swollen Nelum river flooded by monsoon rains in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir on Friday.

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Flooded Village

July 29: People flee their flooded villages after heavy monsoon rain in Nowshera near Peshawar, Pakistan on Thursday. Rivers burst their banks during monsoon rains, washing away streets, battering a dam and killing at least 60 people, official said. 

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Villagers Gather by Collapsed House

July 29: Pakistani villagers gather beside their collapse house caused by heave monsoon rainfall on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan on Thursday. Rivers burst their banks during monsoon rains, washing away streets, battering a dam and killing at least 60 people in the most severe floods in decades in northwest Pakistan, officials said Thursday. Hundreds of thousands more were stranded as rescue workers struggled to reach far-flung villages.

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Helicopter Rush

July 29: In this image released by the Pakistan Inter Services Public Relations Department, people rush for a helicopter ride as they are evacuated from a village flooded by monsoon rains in Charsadda near Peshawar, Pakistan on Thursday. Dozens of people were killed by heavy rains which caused flooding. 

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Record-Breaking Rainfall Causes Deadly Floods in Pakistan

Massive rainfall has caused the deadliest floods in Pakistan since 1929. Floodwaters that have devastated Pakistan for five weeks headed to the Arabian Sea on Tuesday after swallowing two final towns, but the challenges of delivering emergency aid to 8 million people remained.

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