Water-born diseases major killer as 52 die in Balochistan

Water-borne diseases are turning out to be a major killer in flood-hit Pakistan.

Islamabad: Water-borne diseases are
turning out to be a major killer in flood-hit Pakistan, with
at least 52 persons infected with gastroenteritis, cholera and
other ailments dying over the past few days in Balochistan

The people rendered homeless by the unprecedented
floods have been living in dangerous conditions, with no
access to clean drinking water and threat of diseases looming

Officials said 52 persons have died in Pakistan`s
southwestern Balochistan districts in the last few days.

The major cause of deaths of such patients was stated
to be unavailability of timely medical treatment and necessary
medicines at the camps and hospitals, the official APP news
agency reported.

About 10 flood victims have died of gastroenteritis in
Dera Murad Jamali, 6 in Gandakha and Bhag, while over 35 have
been bitten by snakes over the last three days, officials

Amidst the tragedy, two provincial ministers have said
that relief had not reached the people of the province.

Minister for Works and Communication Mir Sadique
Umrani has accused international donors and NGOs of ignoring
Balochistan, and said a large number of flood survivors of the
province were not receiving any relief assistance from them.

Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation Mir Ameen
Umrani also said that no relief was provided to a large number
of flood-stricken people who had taken refuge in various areas
of Naseerabad division, particularly Tehsil Tambo.

In a statement, he said that hundreds of thousands of
flood victims were forced to live under the open sky in
extremely hot weather and a large number of them had suffered
from gastroenteritis and other waterborne diseases.

He added that still many of flood victims were
deprived of food, drinking water, medicines and tents.

According to a report compiled by Provincial Disaster
Management Authority (PDMA), raging floods wreaked havoc in 12
districts of Balochistan, displacing 1.1 million people
including 40,000 of Sindh.

It said 40 persons were killed, 98 suffered injuries
and 50 went missing.

The report maintained that floods washed away 2,584
villages and 75,261 houses in Balochistan.

Director General PDMA Hasan Baloch said floodwaters
were still standing in many districts including Naseerabad,
Jaffarabad, Kachhi Bolan and Jhal Magsi.

Floods have also washed away crops standing on
millions of acres of land and thousands of cattle were killed
in Balochistan.

According to another report by Works and Communication
Department, floods have destroyed 338.08 kilometers of roads
and hundreds of bridges in various districts of Balochistan,
causing a loss of Rs 542.985 million to the province.


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