Flood - ravaged Pakistan
The Pakistani crisis began in late July, when unusually heavy monsoon rains tore through the country from its mountainous northwest. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed. Agriculture has been severely hit, with an estimated 1.7 million acres (nearly 700,000 hectares) of farmland wiped out. The floods have killed about 1,500 people and left some 20 million homeless.
Toronto Star Picture Editor Wanda Goodwin highlights some of the images from this week of the devastation in Pakistan.
Floods go on hundreds of kilometers, seen from a Pakistan Army helicopter on an aid mission August 14, 2010 flying over Sindh province, Pakistan. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)
A young flood victim, who was yet to be given a name, slept in a road median after her family evacuated their villages in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province on August 14, 2010. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
Pakistani rescuers help survivors in a flooded area of Khangarh on August 14, 2010. Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said 20 million people had been affected by the worst floods in the country's history as the UN confirmed the first cholera case. (AFP PHOTO/ Banaras KHAN)
Flood victims run towards the Pakistan Army helicopter to grab aid being dropped August 14, 2010 flying over Sindh province, Pakistan. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)
A Pakistani flood survivor carries belongings in a flooded area of Shah Jamal village on August 13, 2010. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan army truck transports flood-affected people to safe areas in Muzaffargarh near Multan, Pakistan on Aug. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)
Pakistani mother Bushra Humayoun watches over her twins Abdullah Khan (L) and Muhammed Bilal in the field hospital were they were born at a college converted to a camp for flood survivors by the army on the outskirts of Nowshera on August 12, 2010. (AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI)
A man and his cattle are surrounded by water on his farm, as seen from a Pakistan Army helicopter on an aid mission August 12, 2010 flying over Sindh, Pakistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
A young Pakistani flood survivor stands outside her makeshift tent, in Charsadda, in Pakistan's northwest, Aug. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
Residents evacuting through flood waters dodge an army truck carrying relief supplies for flood victims in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province August 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif )
Pakistani flood victim Mohammed Nawaz hangs onto a moving raft as he is rescued by the Pakistan Navy August 10, 2010 in Sukkur, Pakistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
A man marooned by flood waters, alongside his livestock, waves towards an Army helicopter for relief handouts in the Rajanpur district of Pakistan's Punjab province on August 9, 2010. The Pakistan floods have killed more than 1,600 people and left two million homeless. (REUTERS/Stringer)