South Asia

Pakistan floods continue: Your stories

More heavy rain in Pakistan is frustrating efforts to help about 14 million people affected by severe flooding in much of the country.

BBC News website readers living in and around the affected areas have been sharing their experiences.

Shabana Iqbal lives in Nowshera district

I was evacuated from my home along with four members of my family last Sunday after being trapped in the house for three or four days.

We had run out of food and clean water, and were getting sick from drinking contaminated water supplies.

The water was between 22 and 25 feet deep. Dead animals were floating in the water and there was a terrible smell in the air. The company I work for raised the alert after I had been missing for several days. The Pakistani army came and airlifted me and my family to safety.

At the moment we are staying in my grandmother's village in Mardan district, which is about 50km away from my home in Nowshera district.

Currently we are not flooded but we are still very scared. There are reports that flooding could also threaten this village. I don't know where we will go if this happens.

My neighbours in Nowshera say my house is still OK, but there may be more floods. Nowshera is destroyed and I am desperately upset.

Haroona Gul lives in Peshawar, where heavy rains have been falling

I live in Peshawar, in north-west Pakistan. The area has been badly damaged. This morning the rains were falling very heavily. The area where I am living was flooded, but it is worse in the areas surrounding Peshawar. In some places, water levels went as high as 20 feet.

I am at home at the moment - I am staying in the house. It has not been damaged but the water did come to our place. The water sits there because of the poor drainage system.

It's been 10 days and I'm getting upset about it. When it starts raining I become so scared I feel that anything could happen.

My sisters went to Islamabad, and said on the way there were damaged buildings everywhere, and it was deserted - you couldn't see life.

The lady who looks after our house has lost her own house - it washed away. No place is safe. People are also looting other people's houses and the pitiful thing is that a number of young girls have also been kidnapped in the chaos.

The flood has damaged the whole country terribly. The situation is far worse than the 2005 earthquake. Everything is so bad that you feel like crying. People should come up and help, but everybody is a victim to these floods - it's difficult to see where the help will come from.

Amar Zaidi is in Karachi, where schools have closed

I live in Karachi, which hasn't been affected as badly as areas in northern Pakistan. But there has been torrential rain for many days, and more is predicted. Schools have been closed and the entire city has been shut down.

My dad is on a project in northern Pakistan and we can't get through to him at the moment, but hopefully he will be fine.

My school has a group which is organising help for the relief effort. My family and I will be donating sugar and tea through our school tomorrow, if school is still open.

All around the city we see people trying to help in the relief effort. There are stalls set up where you can donate money or other useful items. Many organisations are working to try and get aid and relief supplies to the affected areas.