<p>A flood victim man wades through flood water with a damaged house in the background, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Gari Yasin, Shikarpur on Wednesday (Aug 31). — Reuters</p>

In pictures: Misery mounts for millions amid flood devastation across Pakistan

Officials say more than 33 million people are affected and rehabilitation will cost more than $10 billion.
Published August 31, 2022

Monsoon rains have submerged a third of Pakistan, claiming at least 1,191 lives and unleashing powerful floods that have washed away swathes of vital crops and damaged more than a million homes.

The International Water Management Institute’s assessment based on satellite imagery paints an even more gloomy picture, stating that around 47 per cent of Pakistan’s total area is inundated.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called it “a monsoon on steroids” as he launched an international appeal for the country on Tuesday for $160 million in emergency funding.

Officials say more than 33 million people are affected and the rehabilitation will cost more than $10 billion.

People cross a bridge amid flood waters, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Puran Dhoro, Badin on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters
People cross a bridge amid flood waters, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Puran Dhoro, Badin on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters

A general view of a collapsed building, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Nowshera on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters
A general view of a collapsed building, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Nowshera on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters

A vehicle is seen flooded in Bajara Village, Sehwan. — Photo by Umair Ali
A vehicle is seen flooded in Bajara Village, Sehwan. — Photo by Umair Ali

Locals are aboard a boat in a flooded area in Hyderabad. — Photo by Umair Ali
Locals are aboard a boat in a flooded area in Hyderabad. — Photo by Umair Ali

A tractor wades through the floodwater in Hyderabad. — Photo by Umair Ali
A tractor wades through the floodwater in Hyderabad. — Photo by Umair Ali

Locals fill up buckets with floodwater in Hyderabad. — Photo by Umair Ali
Locals fill up buckets with floodwater in Hyderabad. — Photo by Umair Ali

A man walks amid dirt at his damaged house, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Nowshera on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters
A man walks amid dirt at his damaged house, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Nowshera on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters

A boy pushes a motorbike after it stopped amid flood water, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Nowshera on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters
A boy pushes a motorbike after it stopped amid flood water, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Nowshera on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters

Men remove wooden planks from their damaged house, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Nowshera on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters
Men remove wooden planks from their damaged house, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Nowshera on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters

People prepare sand bags to build a barrier to stop the flood waters, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Puran Dhoro, Badin on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters
People prepare sand bags to build a barrier to stop the flood waters, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Puran Dhoro, Badin on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters

People prepare sand bags to build a barrier to stop flood waters, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Puran Dhoro, Badin on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters
People prepare sand bags to build a barrier to stop flood waters, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Puran Dhoro, Badin on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters

People prepare a barrier with wooden logs and sand bags to stop flood waters, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Puran Dhoro, Badin on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters
People prepare a barrier with wooden logs and sand bags to stop flood waters, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Puran Dhoro, Badin on Tuesday (Aug 30). — Reuters

A drone shot of flood water in Ratodero, Sindh. — Reuters
A drone shot of flood water in Ratodero, Sindh. — Reuters


Header image: A flood victim man wades through flood water with a damaged house in the background, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Gari Yasin, Shikarpur on Wednesday (Aug 31).