Pakistan floods: Death toll surpasses 1,280, a third of them children

The cumulative death toll since June 14 rose to 1,282 on Saturday, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency reported, with nearly a third of the victims being children. A further 57 people died on Saturday alone, 25 of them children.

Aid agencies warn that the country’s plight is not over yet, and that children will be among the most vulnerable as the disaster continues to escalate.

The floods, the result of a combination of record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan’s northern mountains, are said to be the worst the country has ever experienced.

More than a third of the country was underwater at one point, according to satellite imagery from the European Space Agency, with governments and aid agencies saying 33 million people were affected.

According to UNICEF, more than 3 million of these children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance because they are at risk of water-borne illness, drowning and malnutrition. According to UNICEF, the floods have also damaged or destroyed her 17,566 schools across the country, further jeopardizing children’s education after her two years of coronavirus-related closures. It has been.

Aid agencies say the country faces a long road to recovery, even if the floods subside.

“Survivors have to start from scratch,” said Aurelie Godet, spokesperson for Medecins du Monde, a humanitarian aid organization that has been working in Pakistan since 1966.

“This will not be over in two months, we need long-term support.”

The two worst-hit provinces are Balochistan and Sindh provinces in southern Pakistan, where infrastructure and water systems have been damaged.

Seeking help from the international community, Pakistani Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif last week estimated that the disaster had damaged infrastructure, homes and farms at more than $10 billion.

The National Flood Response Coordination Center was established and the World Health Organization release $10 million to treat the injured, deliver supplies to medical facilities, and stop the spread of infectious diseases.China and UK pledged millions of aid to the country.
Over one million homes were damaged or destroyed and at least 5,000 kilometers of roads were damaged. according to to disaster management authorities.

Senior officials set up to coordinate relief efforts met for the first time in Islamabad on Saturday, Reuters reported. The Eddie Foundation, the country’s largest charity, urged the government a day earlier to lift a years-long ban on a number of international non-governmental organizations so it can help aid relief efforts, according to Reuters.

CNN’s Jan Camenzind Broomby and Reuters contributed to the report.


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