Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years have killed more than 1,600 people and affected up to 20 million - more than a tenth of the population.

The United Nations estimates at least 8 million people need urgent assistance. The authorities and aid agencies are struggling to help survivors, many of whom have lost everything and say they received no warnings that raging waters were heading their way.

About a third of Pakistan has been affected by the floods, which have marooned hundreds of villages and destroyed power stations, roads and bridges, complicating relief efforts.

More than 4 million are homeless. Most are living in wretched conditions beside roads, many sleeping in the open with little food and no clean water.

There are fears of a second wave of deaths caused by water- and insect-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and malaria. The first cholera death has already been reported. The United Nations has warned that up to 3.5 million children could be in danger of contracting deadly diseases.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has also warned that Pakistan could face food shortages if its farmers miss the sowing season due to start in September.

The floods have ruined crops over more than 1.6 million acres (647,500 hectares). Aid workers say water could stagnate on the surface for months, making planting difficult. At least 200,000 livestock have died and millions more are at risk, according to the FAO.

The floods, which began in late July after heavy monsoon rains over the upper reaches of the Indus River basin, have ploughed a swathe of destruction from northern Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan province to the southern province of Sindh.
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Its been the 19th day we at Participatory Development Initiatives have almost build strong connections to flood survivors which have migrated in thousands to the main town of Shikarpur. From what it looks like, a sea of people in corners of streets, on barrages, inside government schools, hospitals, mosques and anywhere they could find a place to put the few of their belongings that were left with them.