PANGRIO (Reuters/AFP) - The family of 12 were relieved when an army boat rescued them from flood waters a week ago. But the hardships have only piled up at a makeshift camp. The few family possessions saved from the roaring waters have been sold to buy food. The children have picked up potentially fatal diseases but cant afford to rest. And government is nowhere to be found. The children have been begging in the market to get food, and from the passing cars, said Ahmed Junejo, one of almost 2 million people displaced by floods which have ravaged Sindh province. Like many flood victims, the Junejo family are resigned to the fact they will have to fend for themselves. I just need two things - food and a tent to protect my children from the sun and the rain. Thats what we need here, said Ahmed, 50. Nobody has come to even look at us so we dont know where the relief camps are, and nobody had told us about any aid being delivered anywhere. We are still waiting for someone to come. It could be a while. Cash-strapped government has been slow to respond to the floods, which have killed over 300 people and damaged or destroyed about 1.2 million houses since monsoon rains triggered the crisis in late August. Its a repeat performance of last year, when authorities failed to ease the suffering of millions hit by epic floods in July and August, prompting the military to take charge. Some 800,000 families hit by that calamity remain homeless. The army is active again, travelling across kilometres of flooded farmland in boats to rescue people who have just the clothes on their backs. But that hasnt eased the anxiety of families like the Junejos, who are stuck on barren land beside a petrol station. They lost about 20 goats, which were used for milk or food and were their only assets. The father had to sell his mobile phone for the equivalent of $3. That merely bought some flour and biscuits which may only last a few days. Like many flood victims, Ahmed believes help can only come with connections to the political elite in the country, where the poor have few rights. I want to look after my family and feed hem but I cannot. I feel sick from watching my kids like this. Nothing can be done about it. We dont know anyone high up so we just have to wait, he said. President Asif Ali Zardari was widely criticised for trips to Britain and France last year when country was battling floods that killed about 2,000 people and made 11 million homeless. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who has been visiting flood victims, said the government could not ease the latest crisis on its own. The floods from the rains are beyond anyones expectations. Peoples livelihoods, their livestock, crops, and businesses are destroyed, he told Reuters in the town of Nawabshah after touring flood-hit areas on Sunday. I appeal to all people, chambers of commerce, the business community and the international community to come forward. Sindh was already suffering long before the floods of 2010 or this year hit. It had levels of malnutrition almost as critical as Chad and Niger, with hundreds of thousands of children at risk, according to the UN Childrens Fund. This catastrophe, at the moment, considering the already poor health and nutrition status, is really extremely serious for the people. I want to emphasise urgency of getting assistance to them, Timo Pakkala, United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, told a news conference in Islamabad. Ahmeds youngest child, two-year-old Mansoor Ali, has had diarrhoea and fever for over a week. Medicine from a nearby state hospital didnt help. The private clinic was too expensive. We dont have anything else to sell, said Ahmed. In a Sindhs flood-hit area, a grim-faced soldier found himself in a standoff with 100 flood-stricken protesters demanding help for their communities marooned by the surging water. We wont leave until you come with us to save our families, a defiant Ali Mohammad, 27, told the soldier. Hundreds of our villagers are trapped in the flood waters but we cant find anyone to help us rescue them. A year after worst ever floods, the lush southern lands of Sindh are inundated once more, and angry villagers are desperate for help for their families who escaped the rising floodwaters by sitting on their roofs. A heated argument ended with a promise that the army would return to help the thousands of marooned residents in Tando Allahyar district, one of the areas worst affected by the deluge. We are going to save people in another town - this delay will risk their lives, the soldier said. In the desert district of Thar, residents cut off from transport links by the flooding told AFP by phone that their homes had been inundated, forcing them to climb nearby sand dunes to stay on dry ground. Supplies were become scarce, said Thar local Harish Kumar. We are desperately waiting for food supplies, as there are too many hungry and thirsty people, he told AFP. People are drinking filthy water and getting ill. The disaster is worsening every day, every moment, said Aslam Khwaja, a relief worker from Peoples Development Foundation. Our rations had finished, my goats and buffaloes had died. We saw a few people struggling in the water and thought we would meet the same fate, he said, crumbling into tears. A boatman in Sanghars Khipro town that said the navy had only four rescue boats available in the area, and all were being used around the clock. We have rescued 5,000 people in four days. There are still many people inside, he said.