NewsSituation of flood victims in Pakistan devastating

Situation of flood victims in Pakistan devastating

Created: 09/28/2022 Updated: 09/29/2022, 04:47 am

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A tent city set up by the provincial government for the people of Sindh affected by the floods. After the heavy floods in Pakistan, the situation of the flood victims is devastating. © Ppi/PPI via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

Diarrhea, malaria, snake bites, hunger – after the catastrophic floods in Pakistan, the living situation is devastating for many people. Save the Children sounds the alarm.

Islamabad – After the heavy floods in Pakistan, the situation of the flood victims is devastating. As the aid organization Save the Children reported on Wednesday, the majority of the affected families have no solid roof over their heads. Added to this is the threat of hunger and disease.

Since mid-June, Pakistan has been experiencing the heaviest floods ever recorded in its history. 1700 people have already died. Roads, bridges and millions of homes were destroyed. Countless people lost their livelihoods when fields were flooded.

The children’s rights organization surveyed 1,200 households in four provinces hardest hit by the floods. According to this, more than half of the affected families (54 percent) sleep in tents or makeshift shelters, which often consist of nothing more than a thin plastic sheet. Every sixth family (16 percent) even has no shelter at all. More than half of those surveyed also have no access to toilets, and more than 80 percent have insufficient access to clean water.

Poisonous snakes and spiders are attracted

The conditions attract poisonous snakes and spiders, and increase the risk of spreading life-threatening diseases such as cholera, dysentery and diarrhea. “Pakistan is in the midst of a major public health emergency,” said Khuram Gondal, Save the Children’s Pakistan country director.

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After the heavy floods in Pakistan, many people are homeless. Diseases are spreading now. © -/PPI via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

According to health officials, more than half a million cases of diarrhea, more than 720,000 skin diseases, 300,000 cases of malaria and 134 snakebites have been reported in Sindh since July. 340 people have already died from infectious diseases. “The situation is out of control,” said doctor Ayaz Soomro from Sindh of the German Press Agency. There is a lack of drugs to counteract the sharp increase in diseases.

Authorities fear it could take up to six more months for the water to recede. Save the Children calls on the global community to do more to help Pakistan deal with the disaster. “Every day, children are dying from diseases borne by dirty water, and the longer they sleep outdoors without shelter, food or water, the worse it will get,” warns Khuram Gondal. dpa

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