1 October 2012

UNICEF is reaching 183,000 flood-affected people every day with safe drinking water in the Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan, after heavy monsoon rains caused widespread flooding.

Reports indicate that 2.8 million people have been affected by the latest floods, half of whom are children.

"Children from very poor families are among the worst affected by the severe flooding and will need immediate help," said Karen Allen of UNICEF Pakistan.

As well as providing safe water, we are distributing hygiene kits with soap, sanitary towels and water purification.

Displacement due to damaged or destroyed homes is a serious concern for children's health. Loss of access to clean water increases the likelihood of water-borne and other diseases, such as diarrhoea, malaria, measles, polio and pneumonia.

We are also awaiting funds in order to establish temporary schools and protective spaces for displaced children.

"Some children are experiencing flooding for the second or third time over the past three years," Allen said. "We are calling on the international community to help us meet these children's needs."

© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1531/Asad Zaidi © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1531/Asad Zaidi
On 22 September, 10-year-old Asma stands outside her family’s flood-damaged home in Allahdad Awan Village, in Sindh Province. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1531/Asad Zaidi

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