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Pakistani flood survivors salvage little they have

world Updated: Aug 02, 2010 22:42 IST

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Relief efforts in Pakistan's flood ravaged northwest picked up pace on Monday, but survivors complained about government inaction a worrying sign for authorities seeking public support for the fight against militants in the region.

Around 300 people blocked a major road in the hard hit Nowshera district to protest at receiving little or no aid, witnesses said. Other survivors returned to devastated villages, wading through waist high water to salvage chairs, plates and other possessions a wall clock, a battered fridge from beneath mud and debris.

"We have nothing, we are just depending on the mercy of God. Nothing left except this wet wheat," said Marjan Khan, sorting through piles of the grain laid out on wooden beds.

Scores of bridges, roads and buildings have been washed away by the torrents, which were triggered by exceptionally c. The floods are the worst in a generation, and weather forecasters say more rains are due to fall south and central Pakistan.