27 September 2012
Last updated at 12:37
Two weeks after the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Balochistan were first hit by heavy monsoon flooding, tens of thousands of people remain homeless and parts of both provinces are still under water. (Photos: Aijaz Mahar, BBC Urdu)
In many areas of Balochistan's border with Sindh, people are without adequate food or medical supplies. The Balochistan government has been criticised for restricting relief deliveries by non-governmental aid agencies - a move which critics say makes food even more scarce.
The flooding in Balochistan is especially bad in the districts of Nasirabad, Jafferabad and Jhal Magsi, where thousands of people are without shelter and some are surviving on one meal a day.
Villagers fleeing inundated areas have in many cases taken their livestock with them. Cattle, goats, sheep and cows can all be seen jostling for space on the roadsides and drinking the same water as displaced people. But with grazing in such short supply, many animals have perished.
The plight of those affected by the floods has not been made any easier by the fact that in addition to being so scarce, food is also prohibitively expensive. Officials say the price of staple vegetables such as potatoes and onions has doubled.
Another big problem for displaced people is access to clean drinking water, with the threat of water-borne diseases such as cholera never very far away. In the Nasirabad and Jafferabad districts of Balochistan, underground water is so salty that it can neither be drunk nor used for agricultural purposes.
Officials say that while the floods are not on the same scale as in 2010 - when large parts of the country were devastated - life is still miserable for the 500,000 people in Balochistan who have been made homeless by this year's monsoon rains.
The Baloch districts of Nasirabad, Jafferabad and Jhal Magsi are dependent economically on Sindh's Jacobabad district. But people are unable to access Jacobabad because roads remain submerged by water.
The fate of prisoners in this jail in Jafferabad is unknown.
After the 2010 deluge the Pakistani authorities pledged to do more to ensure that roads in areas prone to flooding were better drained. Work on this has begun, but it has been a painstaking and lengthy process made worse by continuing insecurity in Balochistan, which is regularly hit by separatist and sectarian violence.