The United Nations and the Pakistani government appealed for $357 million in foreign donations to urgently help more than seven million people swamped by a second year of catastrophic floods. One year on from the country's worst-ever floods that left more than 21 million people in need, Pakistan's southern plains have been inundated again, with some parts of Sindh province swamped with more water than last summer. - Photos by AFP

Flood affected villagers seeking refuge on a dry patch in the flood-hit Sanghar district of Sindh province on September 19, 2011.
Flood affected villagers seeking refuge on a dry patch in the flood-hit Sanghar district of Sindh province on September 19, 2011.
A view of the flood-hit Sanghar district.
A view of the flood-hit Sanghar district.
Flood affected villagers seeking refuge on a dry patch.
Flood affected villagers seeking refuge on a dry patch.
Flood affected villagers receiving airdropped aid packets.
Flood affected villagers receiving airdropped aid packets.
A view of the flood-hit Sanghar district.
A view of the flood-hit Sanghar district.

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The Right Left
Sep 20, 2011 06:50pm
Floods are not uncommon in Pakistan, a country that oscillates from extreme flooding to extreme drought. Why is there no lan for diversion channels and increased storage capacity to capitalize on these floods and use the water for future use??? Millions of tons of farm soil is washed into the sea by poor flood management. There are alternatives to begging between floods and drought.
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I.Ahmad
Sep 21, 2011 12:10am
Incompetent and corrupt leadership, elected by the people
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ivehadit
Sep 21, 2011 01:16am
Government doesn't accept responsibility. They're simply rent seekers, living off the top. The people have no say. They've been living like this for centuries. You would expect, looking at the beautiful homes in slide 3, the people would insist on their say, but the mafia that runs Pakistan is just too strong. The US wants to give billions to help the common people. I'd say this was a great project to put money into.
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Early riser
Sep 21, 2011 09:20am
I fully second this opinion if only we could be more proactive there could be good irrigation system, even now through proper planning this water can be directed to drought areas and we can capitalize on this situation. We can also provide job opportunities to these flood victims and get them start working on rehabilitation of their homes. God helps those who help themselves, instead of begging from the whole world its time we stand on our own. We have ample amount of natural resources and only if we manage them effectively we can become the best in agricultural and industrial sector both.
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Kamran Sikandar
Sep 21, 2011 09:03pm
I am no expert and under normal conditions, I would hesitate to offer an opinion on a contentious issue, but the plight of the poor Sindhis has forced me to do so. I think the floods could have been avoided to a large extent if the Kalabagh dam had been allowed to be built. Technical discussions and engineering solutions have taken a second pace to petty politics. I would request the politicians and the so-called leaders to put aside their objections and work towards a long term solution to this very distressing problem
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Dr Khalid
Sep 29, 2011 10:50pm
The condition of peoples of Sanghar is very critical ,till today no any major intervention done , only Muslim Aid in Sanghar from day first , and i really appreciate. on govt side no any proper action taken till today ,how sad to know that first cluster group is organize just now. the effort of pphi is also encouraging although they are not entertain for these emergency activities.
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