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The floods that have engulfed Pakistan over the last week are a mega disaster and the world needs to mount a mega response to ensure the millions affected get the help they need, international aid agency Oxfam said today as it called for a “gear shift” in the response to the crisis.
Oxfam's Public Health Promoter Rabea Syed speaks about difficulties faced by flood affected people in a shelter run by the authority at a Polytechnic college in Khandarkale village in Nowshera, one of the worst flood hit districts in Pakistan.
Local people are working around the clock to rescue families cut off by rising flood waters. Using wooden fishing boats, a navy of local fishermen known as "Malah" and volunteers are working with local groups, Oxfam, and the Pakistani authorities to evacuate more than 50,000 people.
The worst floods in decades in Northern Pakistan are affecting nearly 14 million people. Huge areas have been swamped by contaminated water – clean water and sanitation is critical now to prevent the spread of diseases.
People in the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan hit by the catastrophic floods were only just recovering from the conflict that forced them from their homes last year, said Neva Khan, Oxfam’s Country Director in Pakistan.