Continued monsoons bring trouble for children of Pakistan
Sep 16, 2011
As flooding continues in southern Pakistan, UNICEF recently declared that children are being hit worst of all, IRIN reports.
"Up to 2.5 million children have been affected by severe monsoon floods in southern Pakistan - and with many still recovering from the worst floods in the country’s history just a year ago," members of UNICEF said in a statement.
According to local media in the area, at least 270 people have died in the 23 provinces in the southern district. While Oxfam reports 4.2 million acres of land and crops have been destroyed in the southern Sindi province.
"The situation in the flood zone is really bad. People need much more help and things are especially miserable for women and children who lack privacy, toilet facilities and other amenities," Muhammad Khalid, a volunteer with a humanitarian group, told IRIN.
UNICEF spokeswoman Kristen Elsby reports that without proper water and sanitation stations, children are more susceptible to developing potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Food security is another concern, though UNICEF tankers are trying to combat this problem by delivering food to those in need.
Makeshift camps have been set up in over 1,000 schools to provide the homeless with shelter.