Pakistan's fishermen rush to build boats as demand soars amid floods

STORY: Land where vehicles and cattle-driven wagons travelled just a few weeks ago are now submerged under vast expanses of floodwater in areas surrounding Pakistan's largest freshwater lake, Manchar. Boats have become the main mode of transport ferrying people and belongings to safety.

“Some of our people are still stranded in their regions. They are in great difficulty. We will construct boats so that we can go and get them out,” said local fisherman, Abdullah Mallah.

Record monsoon rains and glacier melt in northern mountains of Pakistan, have triggered floods that have swept away houses, roads, railway tracks, bridges, livestock, and crops, and killed at least 1,391 people. The government says the lives of nearly 33 million people have been disrupted.