For many Pakistanis, the recent floods are only the latest disaster to impact their lives. Areas which have recently experienced insecurity are among the very worst affected. Many people in the North West had already been displaced as a result of violence, and had only recently returned home to rebuild their lives.
Others have only just recovered from recent earthquakes, which shook the northern areas in 2005 and Baluchistan in 2008. The floods will also exacerbate chronic problems due to poverty, making people more vulnerable to malnutrition or disease. Thousands of acres of crops have been washed away, and there is a significant risk of an outbreak of waterborne diseases.