Thousands of people displaced by the floods are likely to spend the winter in camps, the UN refugee agency said on Friday, dashing hopes that all survivors might return home swiftly. Three months after floods hit Pakistan, UNHCR believes tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of people will have to remain in camps throughout the winter, said Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Those hardest hit by the flooding, people affected by extreme poverty, loss of livelihoods and other vulnerabilities, may need camp accommodation even longer, he told journalists. Edwards blamed the delay on the persistence of more than one metre of standing waters in Balochistan and Sindh provinces.Earlier in the emergency, the expectation was that camps would be short-lived and that people would return to their areas of origin with their tents to rebuild, he said. More camps are being set up in south Pakistan, while demand for blankets and quilts is growing as winter approaches.