3.5 million children in danger: UN

36,000 suspected cases of potentially fatal acute watery diarrhoea been reported in the wake of the floods so far.


Express August 18, 2010

The United Nations says that water-borne diseases are becoming a grave concern for flood victims in Pakistan, as 36,000 suspected cases of potentially fatal acute watery diarrhoea have been reported so far.

The UN has also warned that up to 3.5 million children could be in danger of contracting deadly diseases. The list of diseases is growing every day and includes watery diarrhoea, cholera and upper respiratory infections. Estimates put the current flood death toll at around 2,000 but this number is expected to rise as more people succumb to the diseases.

Earlier, reports confirmed that five children died of gastroenteritis in Pishin Balochistan, and another three died in Karachi on Wednesday.

Health officials are warning of a second wave of deaths from water-borne infections as a total of nine deaths have been recorded in Sindh due to diseases. Children, women and the elderly are especially at risk as the epidemic is spreading through contaminated flood water. A red alert has been sent to the World Health Organization by the Health Ministry for starting emergency treatment to contain the growing number of disease cases.

COMMENTS (8)

Khawaja Zafar | 11 years ago | Reply There is no clear government policy till now about the Rlief work. No body has trust on the PPP party and the burocracy. Let there be an indepdent body to work for relief nad rehabliation of the effected.
Corry Francis, Karachi, Pakistan | 11 years ago | Reply The government needs to make public the strategic plan devised to handle this situation identify what they can do and not. Thus tackling the situation effectively. All we constantly hear is comprehensive news on the issue I hope it could be more on what's being done(if anything at all)to handle it. The funds coming in from around the world needs to be utilized not only for the current situation, though it is of top importance but to plan for the future because once a new issue crops up the attention of the media and authorities will be diverted and the suffering will be left to the mercy of God. It will take another 100 - 200 years for a country like ours to recover.
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