In Pakistan, 324 people have died from diarrhoea, malaria, dengue and skin infections as a result of the severe floods. If the necessary help is not provided longer, the situation may get even more out of hand, authorities report.
Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria and mosquitoes. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a second disaster due to the spread of diseases through the water.
A third of Pakistan is flooded by the natural disaster and 33 million people are affected. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes and are now living in tent camps.
Since June, Pakistan has been struggling with a “monster monsoon”. Crops and hundreds of villages have been washed away and important infrastructure such as roads and hospitals has been destroyed. According to experts, the heavy rainfall is most likely a result of climate change.
According to AP news agency, 1569 people are currently killed by the floods. This number does not include 324 victims of the diseases. A large number of them, 701 victims, come from the province of Sindh in southern Pakistan.
Cooking and drinking with contaminated water
There is a major shortage of clean drinking water and sanitation. Cooking with and drinking contaminated water is inevitable due to the current situation.
In Sindh, improvised health facilities and mobile hospitals have treated more than 2 million patients since July, local authorities report.
The water is now sinking in some places, but it can take two to six months before it is completely gone.