Asia Bizz: Pakistan Floods- 3.5 Million Children Are At Risk From Water Borne Diseases
The deadly floods in Pakistan have invited many unwanted problems for its citizens besides taking a huge toll on land and property. New reports state that water borne diseases caused from the flood water are risking the lives of as many as 3.5 million people – mainly children.
Maurizio Giuliano, the Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, “Up to 3.5 million children are at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases, such as watery diarrhea and dysentery.â€
He added, “What concerns us the most is water and health. Clean water is essential to prevent deadly water-borne diseases. Water during the flood has been contaminated badly. There is a shortage of clean water.â€
The Government of Pakistan has so far not confirmed any such cases to the UN. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also keeping its hands ready, if in case any â€˜Choleraâ€™ cases arise. The UN, though has not been able to help the flood victims to a great extent.