ISLAMABAD (Reuters) The province of Sindh, hit hard by last year's floods, is suffering levels of malnutrition almost as critical as in African countries like Chad and Niger, with hundreds of thousands of children at risk, UNICEF said on Wednesday. A survey conducted by the Sindh government and the UN Children's Fund revealed malnutrition rates of 23.1 percent in northern Sindh and 21.2 percent in the south. Those rates are above the 15 percent emergency threshold set by the World Health Organisation and are on a par with some of the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Northern Sindh also had a 6.1 percent severe acute malnutrition rate and southern Sindh had 2.9 percent, both far above the WHO thresholds. "We are looking at hundreds of thousands of children at risk," UNICEF chief of communication Kristen Elsby told Reuters. A full report would be released Friday by the Sindh government, she said, along with the province's response plan. Elsby said it was unclear if the August's floods had caused a spike in malnutrition, but that it had revealed the extent of the problem because babies and mothers were being screened for the first time. "People were already vulnerable and this kind of kicked the chair out from under them," she said. Monsoon floods starting in late July last year devastated Pakistan. More than one-fifth of its territory was inundated and 20 million people affected. Ten million were left homeless and nearly 2,000 people died. Six months later, many communities in Sindh are still surrounded by floodwaters. In Sindh and Balochistan, some 600,000 people are still living in temporary camps, according to the World Food Programme. Monitoring Desk adds: Six months after Pakistan's worst monsoon floods in 80 years, Oxfam said the crisis is far from over and could even get worse. The UK-based agency said malnutrition levels in the south have soared, and the aid community has only 'scratched the surface of human need, reported BBC on Wednesday. At least 170,000 people remain in relief camps and swathes of land are still under foul water in the south. The government is to halt most emergency relief efforts this month. The UN appeal for $2 billion to rebuild Pakistan remains only 56 per cent funded. Oxfam's report, 'Six months into the floods, is warning that this could put at risk large numbers of people who still need help. Neva Khan, head of the aid agency in Pakistan, said: "Oxfam is currently helping nearly 1.9 million people - one of our biggest programmes worldwide - but this is dwarfed by the number of people who are in need. "The aid community has done a tremendous amount, but given the immense scale of this disaster we have only scratched the surface." Amid sub-zero winter temperatures, there were more than 200,000 cases of chest infections such as pneumonia reported in the second week of January alone, says Oxfam. Oxfam said the total number of homeless people is much higher when taking into account those living in tents beside wrecked homes, or with friends and relatives. And it warned that another food crisis looms because so many crops were lost in the disaster and most farmers missed the next planting season. Oxfam said that if it provided land for labourers, investing more in disaster management and other measures, Pakistan could "salvage a new beginning from the debris" of the flood disaster.