Qismat Ali, 50, stands in the foundation of the two-room house he was building in the Charsadda district when floods hit Pakistan in late July, washing away fields, crops, livestock, homes and schools. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari speaks at an August meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. AP hide caption

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An oarsman navigates his inner-tube boat across the raging Swat River in northwest Pakistan. The bridge that once traversed the river was destroyed by the floods. Susannah George/NPR hide caption

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