The backlash of Pakistan’s record monsoon flooding is killing children first, and the danger of runaway disease is increasing, the United Nations has warned. The UN has appealed for more than 450 million dollars in aid to be provided rapidly. Millions of people are sheltering under extremely unsanitary conditions.
The Red Cross in Islamabad painted a bleak picture. The Head of Delegation, Pascal Cuttat, said: “Access to clean drinking water is not limited — there isn’t any. If we don’t manage to address these issues fast then the number of people dying in this disaster will considerably increase.”
Cases of acute diarrhea are being reported by the tens of thousands. Dehydration from this increases vulnerability, especially of those with small body mass — children.
At a makeshift refuge, a mother told reporters: “We don’t have proper drinking water here, and it’s very dirty. The mosquitoes stop us from sleeping.”
The UN’s Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is expected to visit Pakistan over the weekend to discuss the crisis with its leaders.