“In June and July, we received normal rainfall and daily life was going fine. I used to visit my family on weekends in my village which is 4 to 5 kilometres from Dera Murad Jamali where I work with MSF’s outreach team. We used to visit the communities and help raise awareness about mother and child health and different diseases. It was the month of August and oddly we were receiving more continuous rains than normal years. On the 17th of August, the water started coming towards our village and we were asked to leave immediately.
In the rush, my parents and younger siblings left the village and thankfully we had our uncle’s home in Dera Murad Jamali, so they shifted there, whereas one brother and one sister were left behind to take care of our cattle as my family had a herd of cows and goats. They took the cattle to higher ground but when they saw the flood water start to cover the village, they had to flee. My siblings took shelter and climbed up the rooftop of a nearby house. They watched as the water started to increase, and our cattle, houses, and farm, all washed away. The water came up to 8 or 9 feet high. It was so heartbreaking to see our house and village underwater.