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Ethnic Balochi woman from Sanghar, Sindh Province tend to babies and make bread from food aid supplied in a UNHCR emergency relief camp for flood affected communities alongside a road between the city of Hyderabad and Thatta, Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan on September 28, 2011. A community of 35 ethnic Balochi families traveled to this UNHCR site on trucks, from Sanghar in Sindh province, a distance of 150 kilometres away, a journey of seven hours. Their homes and crops where washed away after heavy rains flooded them in August 2011. They also lost livestock but have traveled to this site with what they could, including their goats. There is a shortage of clean water at the site. The contamination in the rain water they collect from a site 3 kilometres away has resulted in constipation, malaria and skin problems. They have lost everything and envision returning home in 4-5 months. Heavy monsoon rains triggered flooding in lower parts of Sindh and northern parts of Punjab. To date, the Government of Pakistan reports that more than 5.3 million people have been affected, Over 300 people have lost their lives, over 4.2 million acres of land flooded and 1.59 million acres of crops destroyed. UNHCR is supplying 10,000 tents, 20,000 plastic sheets and 10,000 kits of household items as an emergency response to flood affected communities in Sindh Province. Contingent on an emergency funding appeal, UNHCR will be able to supply another 20,000 tents and relief items.

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Ethnic Balochi woman from Sanghar, Sindh Province tend to babies and make bread from food aid supplied in a UNHCR emergency relief camp for flood affected communities alongside a road between the city of Hyderabad and Thatta, Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan on September 28, 2011. A community of 35 ethnic Balochi families traveled to this UNHCR site on trucks, from Sanghar in Sindh province, a distance of 150 kilometres away, a journey of seven hours. Their homes and crops where washed away after heavy rains flooded them in August 2011. They also lost livestock but have traveled to this site with what they could, including their goats. There is a shortage of clean water at the site. The contamination in the rain water they collect from a site 3 kilometres away has resulted in constipation, malaria and skin problems. They have lost everything and envision returning home in 4-5 months. Heavy monsoon rains triggered flooding in lower parts of Sindh and northern parts of Punjab. To date, the Government of Pakistan reports that more than 5.3 million people have been affected, Over 300 people have lost their lives, over 4.2 million acres of land flooded and 1.59 million acres of crops destroyed. UNHCR is supplying 10,000 tents, 20,000 plastic sheets and 10,000 kits of household items as an emergency response to flood affected communities in Sindh Province. Contingent on an emergency funding appeal, UNHCR will be able to supply another 20,000 tents and relief items.