Pakistan Still Suffering One Year after Major Flood

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It was the worst flood in Pakistan's history. Monsoon rains from July through September 2010 caused flooding that claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 people.

Twenty percent of the country was under water. The total economic impact was estimated at more than $40 billion.

It's been almost a year now since the floods destroyed many Pakistani homes. To this day many of them are living out in the elements. And they're saying no one has to come to help them.

A room in Ahktar Masih's house collapsed during the floods.

"Not one person from the government or any organization has come to help. More of the house collapsed again this year and we have been living under open sky for over a month now," Masih said.

In another part of Pakistan, one widow is still living in the open air, outside her home. Her husband and four children all died from various illnesses in recent years and she cannot afford repairs.

"The condition of my home is still the same as last year," she said. "My roof and a wall collapsed in the flood and I cannot cook inside. I eat outside because I fear the remaining walls will fall down."

Christians make up about two percent of Pakistan's total population. The government reportedly has given land to help Muslim flood victims rebuild.

Christians and other minorities say they been slighted even though the country's constitution requires that minorities be given 5 percent of all government funded projects.

Many Christians residing in the village of Mandian Wala near Lahore are farm laborers. Most are now unemployed because flood waters destroyed crops and much of the fertile farmland here.

Few have enough money to repair the damage and many are struggling to feed their children.

CBN News met with some Christians in the area. They were gathered together in prayer, asking God for help.

Their prayers were answered when a small American relief organization heard about their plight.

They were given enough rice, flour, sugar, cooking oil and other staple to help feed their families for one month.

One woman expressed her gratitude by asked god to bless the American givers.

Christians in Pakistan are asking Christians around the world for additional prayers. Monsoons and a longer than usual rainy season are causing more flooding this year.

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