Floodwaters are slowly starting to recede in flood-devastated Pakistan, but the water level remains at 2-point-4 metes in some places. Homes are submerged. Fields of crops are now vast, muddy lakes. Over the past 24 hours, aid was finally delivered to flood victims in isolated areas.
Scattered in what is rapidly becoming a stinking swamp are all that remains of homes and entire villages, little islands where some people have returned to save or recover their belongings. Many are doing it without outside help.
50-year-old Faqir Muhammed and his wife are trying to live in the remains of their home, now reduced to a square of mud surrounded by water.
Faqir Muhammed, Flood Victim, said, "We bought food ourselves. So far no-one has given us any. We went to the aid camp but no one gave us food. People are getting food in nearby areas but we don't get any."
Saturday was the first time any aid has managed to get through to this area. Two Pakistani Army boats began bringing in sacks of flour. They'd been trying to reach the flood victims in Alipur villages. Until now the task was just too overwhelming.
Near Sultan Pur is the village of Malik Arrian, now an island with more than one-thousand people, which also received some help for the first time on Saturday.
Mumtaz Hussain, Flood Victim, said, "If we go to the aid camp we go through lots of troubles. Here we can do something. How can we leave this area? We cannot leave our homes alone because we are afraid that somebody would come and steal our belongings."
More than eight million people are in need of emergency assistance across the country.
The United Nations, the Pakistani army and a host of local and international relief groups have been rushing aid workers, medicine, food and water to the affected regions, but are unable to reach many people.
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