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Flooding Strikes Pakistan for Second Time in Little More Than a Year
Friday, September 16th, 2011

In Pakistan, heavy rains and floods have forced two million people to flee their homes. An estimated 300 people have died, and 400,000 homes have been destroyed. Vital crops have been washed away and millions remain at risk for diseases such as malaria, hepatitis, dengue fever and cholera.

This is in addition to the 20 million people who were displaced by floods last year, many of whom still have not been able to move back to their homes. Last year's death toll was estimated at 1,600. One fifth of the country, an area larger than England, was affected. Millions of hectares of arable land became submerged underwater, causing a loss of crops and seeds for the next season.

The floods, both last year's and this one, have the power to destabilize a country already plagued by civil unrest, corruption, and militants.
 

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Pakistani villagers arrive at a safe place in flood-hit Badin district in Sindh province. Sept. 13, 2011. Pakistan called on the world to speed up relief efforts after torrential rains exacerbated major floods, killing 270 people and making another 200,000 homeless in the south of the country.

(ASIF HASSAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani villagers hitched a ride to a safe haven in flood-hit Badin district in Sindh province. Sept. 13, 2011. One year after record floods left 21 million Pakistanis reeling, thousands living on the country's southern fertile plains have seen their homes washed away for a second time -- despite the millions of dollars in aid that was spent to avert a fresh crisis.

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Pakistani commuters cross a flooded street in an auto-rickshaw following heavy monsoon rain in Quetta on Sept. 5, 2011.

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A Pakistani child stands in a flood-affected evacuation camp at Golarchi town in Badin district, about 200 km east of Karachi. Sept. 13, 2011.

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Pakistani soldiers evacuate flood-affected villagers by boat following heavy monsoon rains in Pangrio in the flood-hit Badin district of Sindh province. Sept. 14, 2011.

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Pakistani men cook food for flood-affected people in Tando Bago, a town in Badin. Sept. 15, 2011

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Pakistani villagers affected by the flood scramble for free food on a street near a makeshift camp in flood-hit Badin district in Sindh province. Sept. 13, 2011.

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Displaced by flooding, Pakistanis take shelter on a dry patch in the flood-hit Badin district of Sindh province. Sept. 14, 2011.

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A Pakistani flood-affected woman carries drinking water on her head in the flooded area of Mirpur Khas. Sept. 15, 2011.

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Flood victims scramble for food rations as they battle the downwash from a Pakistan Army helicopter during relief operations in the village of Goza in Dadu district in Sindh province, Pakistan. Sept. 13, 2010. Weeks of flooding devastated the country's agricultural heartland and officials say as many as 22 million people were affected during Pakistan's worst flooding in 80 years.

(Daniel Berehulak - AFP/Getty Images)
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A villager sits on a broken piece of a brick wall outside of his flood-affected home in the village of Vasandawali south of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. Aug. 21, 2010.

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A young girl, displaced by floods, and stranded on land only accessible by air, sleeps covered in flies, on a makeshift bed in Garhi Khairo near Jacobabad in Sindh province, Pakistan. Aug. 27, 2010.

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Villagers displaced from their homes due to flooding walk through flood waters in the village of Baseera on the outskirts of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. Aug. 11, 2010

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Villagers displaced from their homes by flooding make their way through flood waters in the village of Vasandawali south of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. Aug. 21, 2010.

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A village surrounded by flood waters is seen from a Pakistan Army helicopter during relief operations near the village of Goza in Dadu district in Sindh province, Pakistan. Sept. 13, 2010.

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A man and a boy, displaced by floods, walk through flood waters in the village of Baseera near Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. Aug. 22, 2010.

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Children displaced from their homes by flooding scramble to drink water from a hose at a temporary relief camp on the outskirts of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. Aug. 20, 2010.

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Mother Kalsoom Bibi, 40 years old, prays whilst her daughters assist in the preparation of dinner at the site of their flood-destroyed home in Mehmood Kot, Pakistan. July 25, 2011.

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Villagers wade through flood waters after having evacuated their homes in the village of Baseera near Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. Aug. 10, 2010.

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