Delivering medicines to Pakistan’s flood-ravaged people continues to face many obstacles.
Although water has receded in some areas, more rain threatens to make the health crisis worse. Aid agencies are struggling to meet logistical challenges.
In a hard-struck village, an emergency coordinator for MSF, the international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders, explained he did not even have a place to receive supplies if they arrived.
Anthony Thouvenin said: “The site we chose for distribution was flooded out. We are about 400 metres from it. I have nowhere else remotely secure enough. When you see how many people there are… it is impossible to get any supply truck through without the risk of it being stripped of everything. It has already happened.”
American experts expressed concern that Islamic extremists were getting vital necessities through where Pakistan’s government was failing, adding politics to the humanitarian equation.