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Australian Defense Force begins their aid work in Pakistan

09-06-2010 14:23 BJT

CANBERRA, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- An Australian Defense Force (ADF) team has begun treating its first patients in Pakistan, where millions are homeless and there are growing fears about an outbreak of cholera in filthy refugee camps.

According to ABC News, the death toll and number of people affected by the Pakistani floods are both expected to jump, but it is becoming clear that children are bearing the brunt of the disaster.

The Australian Medical Task Force in Kot Addu, in southern Punjab province, will provide maternal and children's health, as well as primary health care to 200 patients a day.

The Pakistan floods began in July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions of Pakistan. Present estimates indicate that over 2,000 people have died and over a million homes have been destroyed since the flooding began.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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