536 Children Among 1,508 Dead In Pakistan Floods 2022

flood at sehwan tool plaza
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Islamabad (Pakistan): A total of 1,508 deaths have been reported by the National Disaster Management Authority, including 536 children and 308 women.

Food, shelter, clean drinking water, toilets, and medicines are in short supply for hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

Sleeping in the open by the side of elevated highways has been a common practice for many.

In flood-hit Pakistan, tens of thousands of people are suffering from infectious and waterborne diseases, government data and UNICEF said on Friday, as the death toll from the flooding exceeded 1,500.

According to the report, more than 90,000 people were treated in the province on Thursday alone.

As reported in the report, 588 cases of malaria have been confirmed, along with 10,604 suspected cases, in addition to 17,977 cases of diarrhea and 20,064 cases of skin diseases reported on Thursday. In addition, the number of patients treated in the field and mobile hospitals set up in flood-affected areas has reached 2.3 million since July 1.

Women and children suffer from malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea, and skin issues as flood waters begin to drain away, which may take up to six months in different areas. In a report released on Friday, the Sindh provincial government reported that the flooded regions had become infested with diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and diarrhea.

In flood-hit Pakistan, tens of thousands of people suffer from infectious and waterborne diseases, according to government data and UNICEF on Friday, as the death toll from the flooding exceeds 1.500.

As a result of record monsoon rains in the south and southwest of Pakistan and glacial melt in northern areas, nearly 33 million people in Pakistan have been impacted by flooding. Homes, crops, bridges, roads, and livestock have been destroyed, resulting in damages estimated at $30 billion.

Thousands of families are now living with nothing more than rags to protect themselves from the scorching sun, with temperatures in some areas exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.

Scientists say climate change has made the torrential monsoon in Pakistan, which flooded vast swathes of the country, more intense than it would have been without it.

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