Pakistan floods: Your stories

Up to two and a half million people have been affected by Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years, International Red Cross officials say.

People from across the country have been sharing their experiences with the BBC.

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Alamzeb's diabetic mother died in Nowshera

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My mother died. She was old and couldn't climb to the third floor of the house”

End Quote Alamzeb Nowshera, Pakistan

We never thought the waters would rise so high. I was away at my aunt's house in the Nowshera Cantonment area. When the waters overflowed the river, I got worried.

My relatives said to wait until the tide ebbs, but it kept rising, and soon it was clear that my part of the city had drowned.

My mother died. She was old and diabetic and couldn't climb to the third floor of the house to avoid drowning.

My younger brother, who is only 12, tried to drag her up. She was washed away. We haven't found her body. My brother is traumatised.

Syed Yasir Ali Shah in Charsadda could not eat on Tuesday

Our villages are again getting surrounded by water. We cannot take it any more - we need help and our government is not helping us.

The water levels are increasing and everything has washed away - the trees, houses and our animals.

Our home is full of mud, there are three or four feet of it. There is no place for us to sit.

People are getting sick with diarrhoea and skin infections.

We cannot leave because there is no transport.

There is no food and water. I have not eaten today.

Habib Malik has been supplying tents to a camp in Nowshera

The relief effort is getting very difficult. Even my colleagues from Islamic Relief are struggling.

Habib Malik explains that rain is hampering Tuesday's relief efforts

We've installed 55 tents in a college which has been converted to a camp.

We are doing whatever is humanly possible but in this weather it's almost impossible to move.

People are just waiting. Waiting for hygiene kits, waiting for air rescue, waiting for shelter. We are also waiting for our own government to reach out to more people.

The villages are becoming like small islands now. Nobody knows if people are alive or dead.

Dr Muhammad Alam Khan is unable to test for cholera in Swat

People are suffering with diarrhoea and nausea. I'm a doctor and I'm trying to help but have no transport or medicine.

I'm sitting in front of a pregnant lady who needs medical assistance and there are no roads to take her to hospital, people can't move.

We don't have medicine. People are sick and I can't test to see whether it's a cholera outbreak.

There is no electricity, no drinking water. Nothing is working and all the bridges have been washed away.

You can't imagine how much destruction there is in Swat. The world needs to know the full scale of this disaster.

Furqan Ullah saw heartbreaking scenes in Nowshera

I was stuck in the Serena Hotel in Swat for a whole week. The area had been cut off and we were having problems accessing communication, light and gas. I saw an entire house being washed away by the floods in front of me.

Furqan Ullah describes the 'horrific scenes' he witnessed to BBC World News.

I work for a local development agency and my head office called me on Sunday asking me to rush back to Peshawar to help with the emergency relief team. I tried but I couldn't reach my destination because the road to Peshawar is damaged and the main bridge has been washed away by the floods. I changed my route and headed to Swabi instead.

On the way I witnessed the destruction caused by the floods. There are relief camps established by civilians and near Nowshera there's a college building where many displaced families are staying.

The scenes were heartbreaking and I felt hopeless.

Dr Iftikhar, from Charsadda, has no access to his village

I am one of those 100,000 people who lost their whole property including houses, stuff and cattle. I am living in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province but I've no access to my village.

There is no way out of Peshawar. All the roads are blocked and the bridges are down. I've never seen such an Armageddon in Pakistan. Only a few telephone lines are working. The electric supply has been completely disconnected for the last four days in Charsadda.

Man standing on a damaged road

Faraz Mahboob took this shot of a ruptured road

Prices of household stuff have risen by 200%. Now the 10ft of water has gone we are left with the mud, which is enough to stop people moving. Dead bodies are being recovered from the mud in streets. It may take several days to communicate what's happening in Peshawar to the rest of the country, especially what's happening in Charsadda, the most affected city.

I don't know when I will be able to see my native home and property. I may see nothing to be called a homeland. The motorway was temporarily opened by the army but there was a traffic jam for several hours. Due to the heat and humidity several fainted and two children died. I have no idea when I'll be able to see my relatives.

Usman Ullah, in Charsadda, has lost his belongings

I belong to that district in Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa which is mostly affected by the flood. I have lost all of my stuff, and my family and I are in a hostel with lots of other people. Although by God's grace my family is safe, my nation is not.

Many people are still in the water, or on the roofs of their houses waiting for help, but no one is there to help them. The remaining people have lost their belongings and assets and are in a very miserable condition.

Iftikhar Sattar, from Solihul, UK, is stranded in Skardu

Iftikhar Sattar

I was doing some sightseeing up in the Northern territories when the rains started. A group of us were told that there was no transport to the nearest town of Gilgit but we heard a rumour that there might be a minibus arriving at 1700. So we waited. When it arrived we got on. As well as tourists, there were some relatives of one of the place crash victims. They were trying to get to Islamabad to retrieve the body. There were some desperate people on the minibus.

We were driving along when we hit a mudslide. We all got out and climbed over and there was another minibus on the other side waiting for us. Again, we got on but by now it was dark. The rain was still pouring. Big rocks were blocking the road. We tried to climb over but it was dark and the rain was heavy. We tried to clear the road ourselves but rocks were falling all around us. We couldn't get any further.

Nearby was a village so we stayed there for the night. There was no space left at the local hotel so I slept on the floor. The entire village had no water or electricity.

In the morning, we climbed over the rocks and walked to Gilgit. That town was already suffering from flooding and the water levels were rising. We managed to get a minibus out of Gilgit and now we are in Skardu.

We are OK. We have food, water and electricity. In total there are about 200 of us stranded. The tourist office here is trying to get a plane to take us out but so far only one plane has managed to leave and I've been here three days now.

Qudratullah, in Domail, saw walls collapsing

The series of heavy rain has continued for the last two weeks. But this week's rain was the heaviest we have ever seen before.

We have walls made of mud, and they started tapering and falling. One man died here from a collapsed wall. Many rooms and walls have fallen.

We are worried about further rains that have been predicted.

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There are more than 20 people still missing. Some of them were trapped inside their houses when the river came. Most of them were old people who couldn't move out quickly, or they were women and children. Mohammad Haroon, Mohib Banda village, Nowshera

The flood came too soon, and before we could get out, the surrounding roads had been inundated. We were trapped at our house for three days. The rains were incessant. Our roofs started leaking. It rained all night, and the next day. The electricity had failed and the battery of my mobile phone had died down. By Sunday we had run out of food and the last drop of drinking water. I made a desperate move to take my wife and child to safety in a broken car. I drove across some unfrequented paths towards the Cherat hills and found a road that finally took us over a long circuitous route to my native village, near Pabbi town. Nasir Khan, Nowshera

I have been badly affected by the floods. I have lost my children and wife, I don't have anything left. It is the worst accident of my entire life. I was away when the floods came and when I got home, everything had been demolished and was gone. Humayoon, Swat

The flooded has devastated my beloved town of Utmanzai. My family house was five yards away from the flood but thank Allah we were safe and this has provided us with an opportunity to host our relatives, the victims. At the moment seven families are still living at our house with some of their belongings but on the 29 July when River Jendy was higher, around 20 families were crammed in to my family house. The flood-hit houses are still not suitable to live in and all the roads are full of mud and debris left by the flood. I'd like to ask all the readers to help charities generously as these are people with virtually no state help. Amjad Shah

My family living in Nowshera and my relatives living in Azakhel have had their homes washed away - they have got nothing. Now they are living in our house which is so hard because there are 18 of them and 15 of us. In their village in Azakhel around 2,000 houses have been washed away. They have got nothing, only their bodies. Ibrahim Zazai, Nowshera

You can't even imagine what is happening in Swat. People only want wheat and food but there is nothing here because of the bridges falling. On my side of Swat there is no petrol and my patients are suffering, all our links to cities are broken. Dr Noor ul Amin

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