Pakistan suffering famine-like child malnutrition

The United Nations says that southern Pakistan is suffering child malnutrition rates similar to those seen in African famines following last year`s massive floods.

Islamabad: The United Nations says that southern Pakistan is suffering child malnutrition rates similar to those seen in African famines following last year`s
massive floods.

The United Nations Children`s Fund says a survey in
southern Sindh province shows that almost a quarter of
children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition.

UNICEF`s deputy representative in Pakistan, Karen
Allen, called the results "shockingly bad" in a statement that
appeared on the group`s website yesterday. She said the
malnutrition rates rival those from famines in Ethiopia, Chad
and Darfur.

UNICEF`s chief of communications in Pakistan, Kristen
Elsby, called it "a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions."
She said the survey was carried out after floods hit Pakistan
in July.

PTI