It is shocking to see the utter devastation caused by the floods in my country. Over 33 million people are affected – a huge number to get your head around.
I went to one of the hardest-hit areas of Balochistan province when the floods were at their peak, and it looked like a giant inland sea. We walked in water up to our knees to reach one of CARE’s distribution sites and destruction was all around. You could see the remnants of people’s lives floating by – blankets, pillows, broken chairs and other household items. I saw a small doll in the floodwater at one point, but couldn’t bear to think about what may have happened to the little girl who used to play with it.
Desperation was evident at every turn.
At the height of the floods, I saw grown men and women crying on the streets – crying for their lost loved ones, and for the homes and livelihoods swallowed by the raging floodwaters. Desperation was evident at every turn.