"Pakistan Disease Outbreaks After Floods Spur Calls For Crisis Plan"

"ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is facing a disaster within a disaster as diseases spread rapidly and deaths mount following widespread deadly flooding - a crisis worsened by the country's weak health system and lack of emergency planning, medical experts warn.

Flooded areas stretching over hundreds of kilometres have become breeding grounds for malaria, dengue fever and diarrhoea, with hundreds of thousands of displaced people living out in the open and with little option but to drink unsafe water.

In Sindh - the province hardest hit by the floods - at least 342 people have died from diseases and more than 3.3 million infections have been recorded since July 1, state data shows. Nationwide, there have been 4.4 million disease cases reported."

Imran Mukhtar reports for Thomson Reuters Foundation September 30, 2022.


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Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 10/03/2022