Floods make life hard and barren in Pakistan

18:20, August 27, 2010      

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The recent flash floods in Pakistan not only devastated the infrastructure in vast part of the country but also made people's lives hard and barren in the worst-hit districts, washing away their assets and even dream.

Too sad and gloomy to speak, Riaz Hussain, 38, is one of those unlucky people who lost everything in the month-long monsoon floods which left more than 1,600 people dead and around 20 million homeless.

He said that the flood destroyed seven houses of his families in Dirkhan Wala, a village in the severely flood-hit Muzaffargarh, a Punjab district some 900 kilometers southeast of Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Fiaz Hussain, a nephew of Riaz, led Xinhua reporter to the place where they had been living before the havoc night of Aug. 3, when they fled their houses with few luggage.

Fiaz, 30, was also depressed because the 4-meter-high wave of colossal flood washed away his newly-built house which was constructed just six months ago for his marriage along with new furniture.

He was trying to search for some valuable things from the debris of his house. He recovered a wooden door from mud.

According to Fiaz, they have never thought about the flood because the irrigation authorities said their small village was situated in the no-flood zone.

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