UNICEF: 3.4 million children in Pakistan need ‘immediate, lifesaving support’ after floods

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UNICEF: 3.4 million children in Pakistan need ‘immediate, lifesaving support’ after floods

According to UNICEF, the “super floods” in Pakistan have left 3.4 million children needing “immediate, lifesaving support.”

According to the Pakistan Representative for UNICEF Abdullah Fadil, the floods, which have been called “the worst humanitarian disaster in a decade” by one minister, have impacted 16 million children.

The National Disaster Management Authority updated the death toll from the floods to 1,545 people, 552 children.

Officials in the country have warned that the death toll is expected to grow due to the underreported fatalities and the increased prevalence of diseases such as dengue fever.

Azra Pechuho, the health minister for the southern Sindh Province in Pakistan, one of the hardest hit areas where many schools and other facilities remain shut, said there was now a “state of emergency” caused by the vast amount of standing water, which provides the perfect breeding conditions for Aedes mosquitoes to spread the dengue virus.

According to Fadil of UNICEF, the situation in Sindh is “beyond bleak,” with many malnourished children battling diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, dengue fever, and skin conditions. BKM/ Expat Media


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