‘Starting my life from scratch’: Pakistan’s poor face heavy toll of floods

When the flooding Swat River changed course in late August and overran the village of Naeem Ullah in northwestern Pakistan, it swept away her home and the 13 homes of her relatives.

His sugarcane crop – planted on five hectares (12.4 acres) of leased land – was also destroyed, leaving the 40-year-old jobless, homeless and with little prospect of repaying the money he had borrowed to buy seeds and fertilizers.

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