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Parts of Swat still cut off by floods


The United Nations has said 3.5 million children in Pakistan’s flood zones are at risk of catching water-borne diseases. According to the UN, six million people in all could contract diarrhoea and dysentry and the World Health Organization is bracing for cholera.Some 20 million people near the overflowing River Indus have been affected by Pakistan’s worst floods on record.The floodwaters have covered large areas from Kyhber-Pakhtunkhwa in the Nort to much of the country’s agricultural heartland of Punjab and Sindh in the South.The floods cover an estimated 160 square kilometres of Pakistan, about one fifth of the country.Even in normal times it is difficult to get around much of mountainous northwest Pakistan. The floods have left many areas near the towns of Al Puri and Karora inaccesible. Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman took the road north from Swat Valley and found whole communities cut off.