Islamabad (dpa) – Three people have died at relief camps for
Pakistan’s flood victims as diseases started to spread, media and
health officials said on Tuesday.
Relief workers are scrambling to get aid to some 20 million people
affected by the worst floods the country has ever faced, but the
process has been hampered by the large numbers of victims.
A 4-year-old boy died of the water-borne disease gastroenteritis
at a relief camp in the southern port city of Karachi, health
officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper. Another
6-day-old baby died of tetanus.
Medical officer Khalid Ansari told the newspaper that the medical
team had diagnosed 400 people in the camp with high fever and
gastroenteritis – most of them women, children and elderly people.
Skin diseases were also very common, he added.
Officials said a 17-year-old girl died of gastroenteritis at the
district hospital in Rajanpur, a city in the central province of
Punjab, which has been hard-hit by the floods.
The UN said on Monday that 3.5 million children were at risk from
water-borne diseases in Pakistan and urged the world community to
urgently provide 460 million dollars required for emergency
Hundreds of thousands of people have been in the open for more
than 10 days, as government-established relief camps have become
Even inside the camps the situation is deteriorating with people
complaining of food shortages. Flood victims held protests in two
cities in Punjab and Sindh province. Three people were injured when
the police charged with batons to disperse demonstrators who had
blocked a main highway.