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Pakistan Flood Victims: 'No Food,' 'No Money,' Would Have Been Better To Die (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post/AP   First Posted: 08/11/10 04:04 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:20 PM ET

Flooding in Pakistan has now affected some 14 million people per the latest United Nations estimate -- more than the Haiti earthquake and Indonesia tsunami disasters combined -- and aid agencies today called for $460 million to assist the victims.

Relief efforts have been slow following the disaster, dubbed the worst flood in living memory. Rescuers have been unable to reach as many as 600,000 in the Swat Valley, according to U.N. spokesman Maurizio Giuliano.

Pakistani flood victims have been telling their stories to the Associated Press:

"It would have been better if we had died in the floods as our current miserable life is much more painful," said 25-year-old Manzoor Ahmed, who spent the night shivering in the rain.


Said another Pakistani, Horai Mai, age 40: "I have no utensils. I have no food for my children. I have no money ... We were able to escape the floodwaters, but hunger may kill us."

The government says it has been setting up relief camps, but per the Associated Press, "[a] reporter who traveled widely through the worst-hit areas in Sindh over the past three days saw no sign of relief camps or government assistance."

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a Pakistani official, told reporters after the flood, "We appeal to the world community to help us. We need a lot of assistance."

Find ways you can help here. See photos from the Pakistan flood and recovery efforts below.

 
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Pakistani flood affected woman stretch their shawls to receive food provided by Pakistan army soldiers to break their fast on the first day of Muslims fasting month of Ramadan in Muzaffargarh near Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010. Pakistani flood survivors already short on food and water began the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday, a normally festive, social time marked this year by misery and fears of an uncertain future. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)
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