Hundreds of children who survived Pakistan’s recent earthquake are reported to have fallen ill with potentially fatal diseases. The Pakistani government and international organisations are trying to get aid to the southwestern region where the tremor struck on Wednesday, killing up to 300 people.
Tens of thousands have been affected by the disaster and many of them have lost their homes. Tents and medical supplies have been arriving, but emergency workers in the worst affected area say the relief effort is going too slowly.
Doctors in one makeshift hospital said the number of cases of pneumonia and diahorrea among children is increasing every day. Temperatures are close to freezing at night and there are fears the death toll could significantly rise if those in need of aid do not get it soon.