New York: According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 3 million children have been affected by the unprecedented rains in Pakistan.
UNICEF has issued a report in this regard. Its details are as follows:
Pakistan recently experienced unprecedented rains and floods. Due to this, children are affected in various ways such as water-borne diseases, death due to drowning, malnutrition due to lack of adequate food. At least 30 lakh children are in need of humanitarian assistance.
In Pakistan, 3 crore people have been affected by the monsoon rains that started last July. 116 districts across the country have been affected. Out of which 66 districts are worst affected. UNICEF works with government and non-governmental organizations to meet the urgent needs of children. Pakistan declared a state of national emergency last week. Also, the countries of the world and international organizations appealed to them to help them. Based on this, assistance is being provided.
350 children lost their lives: 1100 people, including 350 children, have died due to the rains in Pakistan. More than 1600 people were injured. 2 lakh 87 thousand houses were completely damaged. 6 lakh 62 thousand houses have been partially damaged. Homes, farmlands, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and other critical structures have been damaged as floods burst their banks in Pakistan’s most important rivers.
Due to the flooding, people are suffering from diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections, skin rashes and other diseases caused by contaminated water. 40 percent of the affected people are children. As the flood situation worsens in the next few days, the World Health Organization has urged to ensure that health services reach the affected areas. It also said that the spread of infectious diseases should be detected and prevented.
This is stated in the report.