NOWSHERA, Pakistan: Makeshift camps have sprung up all over Pakistan – in schools, along motorways and at military bases – to give shelter to millions of displaced flood victims.
But the relief at finding safety can turn to desperation for many.
In the northwestern town of Nowshera, a technical college was turned into a shelter for up to 2,500 flood victims, who sweltered in the summer heat with sporadic food aid and little access to water for bathing.
“We have been only eating rice for the past three days,” 60-year-old Malang Jan told AFP.
“I never thought that one day we will have to live like this. We have lost our heaven and are now forced to live a miserable life.”
Jan’s family were rescued by boat when his home was submerged in the floods that have swamped a third of the country, killing more than 1,100 people and affecting tens of millions more.
The college gardens are lined with tents – the classrooms are filled with the families who arrived first and grabbed the chance for privacy.
Others rest shoulder-to-shoulder in corridors with their meagre bundles of belongings.