ISLAMABAD - Threatened by snakes, poisonous insects, shortage of food, medicines and abandoned by both the government and NGOs, victims of the fresh flood and heavy rains still await for help for rehabilitation.

While the Provincial and National Disaster Management Authorities claim to have supplied the flood victims with adequate food, money to rebuild homes, grocery and tents, but the ground reality is otherwise.

Contrary to the loud claims made by the concerned governmental institutions and the NGOs, hundreds of thousands of flood victims across the country are still waiting for post-flood assistance. Government officials confirmed on Wednesday that rescue/flood assistance teams have failed to reach the majority of the victims of fresh flood that has played havoc across the country forcing half a million to move to safer places and killing more than 80 people including women and children.

“Floods have almost ruined us. Our houses have been damaged. We are fighting snakes and poisonous insects. Meanwhile, shortage of food is one of the biggest issue that is confronting us,” Ali Chandio, a victim of flood from Sakkur, told this correspondent.

Since the heavy rains and flood played havoc across the country including Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtoon Khaw, Punjab and Sindh, only a small fraction of hundreds of thousands of victims of flood could get little compensation while the majority of them has been ignored by both the government and the NGOs.

In Punjab, Chief Minister of Punjab had announced on 18 August 2013, that Rs 100 million had been released for relief and rehabilitation of people affected by floods.

In his maiden visit to Sindh province on August 24, 2013, Nawaz Sharif visited the flood-affected areas near Sukkur and announced a relief package for victims of the ongoing flash floods, but still the victims of floods are yet to hear from government officials in this regard.

Be it province of Gilgit Baltistan, Punjab, Sindh or KPK, there are still a lot of unanswered questions and some anger over the compensation of flood victims across Pakistan. Hundreds of thousands of frustrated flood victims across Pakistan are regularly protesting against the concerned authorities demanding compensation, but of no one cares.

On Wednesday, protesters in Chitral, Multan, Sakhar, Nowshehra and other citirs, held protests against the concerned officials and voiced concerns over the government’s plan to help those impacted by flooding.

While talking to The Nation, the victims say compensation from the government doesn’t go far enough, and they are concerned with the government’s decision to provide homeowners only with enough funding to return their homes.

While the floodwaters and heavy rains that played havoc across the country are beginning to recede after ravaging four provinces of Pakistan including Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtoon Khaw, Punjab and Sindh, conditions remain extremely dangerous for the victims of flood.

Already threatened by famine and disease, the plight of the flood-affected is being exacerbated by the incompetence and neglect of the federal and provincial governments, it has been learnt.

According to the latest figures released by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), over 400,000 people have so far been affected because of the flashfloods and heavy rains in all four provinces. The death toll in flood-related incidents has jumped to at least 118 in 1,700 villages affected nationwide, according to NDMA data released to the local and International press on Wednesday 28 August, 2013.

While the fresh spate of torrential rains and floodwaters have made hundreds of thousands of flood victims homeless, killed 118 and affected 1700 villages, a huge number of victims of flood in 2012 are also waiting for help.

Development For International Development has recently announced that seeds, shelter and training from the UK will help more than 700,000 people in Pakistan recover from last year’s widespread floods.

According to DFID, over a million people in southern Pakistan are still living without adequate shelter, exposed to the elements and vulnerable to disease. The new UK support is providing 50,000 of these families with cash grants to buy building materials and training on how to build houses, which will resist future floods, such as waterproofing walls with lime plaster.

Seeds, chickens, and farming skills training are also being provided to over 690,000 people to improve the availability of food and fodder, and enable families to earn some money, a press note issued from DFID stated last week.