18 September 2011

UNICEF is sending vital emergency supplies, including hundreds of thousands of litres of clean water, to children and families left vulnerable by severe monsoon floods in southern Pakistan.

New heavy rains and persistent flood waters have affected over 5 million people, including almost 2.7 million children.

In Sindh, more than 300,000 people have left their flooded homes seeking higher ground. Many are now scattered across makeshift roadside camps, schools, or public buildings near their homes.

Among the most immediate needs are clean water, sanitation, health and nutrition. Children made vulnerable by displacement are at particular risk from diseases such as diarrhoea and measles, and many children are being affected by floods for a second time.

"UNICEF is already reaching children with clean water and vaccinations," said UNICEF Pakistan Representative, Dan Rohrmann. "But we need to scale up rapidly and do more – and do it quickly – by all possible means." 

 
A woman carries her baby in the city of Hyderabad, in Sindh Province, where residents have been forced to evacuate their homes due to rising flood waters. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1396/Warrick Page
A woman carries her baby in the city of Hyderabad, in Sindh Province, where residents have been forced to evacuate their homes due to rising flood waters.© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1396/Warrick Page

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