Pakistan flood victims now face disease and snake bites | Abroad

Pakistan flood victims now face disease and snake bites | Abroad
Pakistan flood victims now face disease and snake bites | Abroad

At least 26 more people were killed on Saturday. Most of the deaths were in the hard-hit southern province of Sindh. There, Pakistan’s largest river, the Indus, threatens to cause another deluge, as it is swollen by water flowing from the mountains in the north of the country.

According to the latest update from the national disaster agency, the climate change-induced – or at least related – natural disasters that have hit Pakistan since June have killed at least 1,290 people. For the third day in a row, a major rescue operation is underway in Sindh on Sunday to release hundreds of thousands of people trapped in remote villages.

At least half a million survivors are in self-made shelters and have no access to clean drinking water, toilets and other sanitary facilities. There are now plenty of diseases that are transmitted through water.

Employees of hospitals and aid organizations already have to treat more than 150,000 patients with diarrhoea, more than 100,000 with skin infections and thousands with malaria. They are usually taken care of in field hospitals. In addition, more than 100 people have already been bitten by snakes and more than 500 by dogs in the affected areas.

At least until Tuesday it would continue to rain over the mountains in northern Pakistan.

The article is in Dutch

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