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Pakistan faces "slow-motion tsunami"

08-22-2010 11:52 BJT

According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Pakistan is facing a "Slow-Motion Tsunami" which is unfolding every single day. Eight million people still need help to survive, while four million are without shelter, leaving children the most exposed and at risk. Our correspondent Danial Khan takes a look at the condition of youngsters, at a temporary camp in Pakistan's eastern province of Sindh.

Eyes that once held dreams of a future, now look up begging for help, help to find those lost dreams again ... their hope is fading away fast ... they are turning away towards reality as it settles in ... a life without dreams ... without hope is what they see.

This is the unfortunate and saddening scene in one of the refugee camps, which has been made inside a primary school.

Hundreds of families here have lost their homes, the children here have lost their parents.

Children are always among the most vulnerable during emergencies.

Health authorities believe some 6 million children have been affected by the flooding, many are becoming increasingly vulnerable to malnutrition and life-threatening diseases. According to the Pakistan government over 3.5 million children are at high risk of deadly water borne diseases.

Faize Ali, one doctor said "Major diseases we are witnessing here are skin problems, apart from that abdominal pain is prominent tonsillitis and cough are also present."

According to officials, the situation will get worse with the second and third wave of floods that will uproot more people.

The widespread destruction of homes is exposing children to the weather and adverse conditions in temporary encampments.

A growing number of people, particularly children, are also reported to be suffering from diarrhea, skin diseases, scabies and malnutrition.

Shakeela, flood victim said "The arrangements here are very poor, if we don't eat, we will die. After eating my daughter has a very severe stomachache, when we go to get medicine there is nothing there."

There is a lack of basic hygiene, sick children share their drinking bowls, while filthy flies share their food.

Danial Khan, Hyderabad, Pakistan said "This is the food that is being provided to the people. It's very watery and has been lying here for the last two days. There is a lack of hygiene which is creating food poisoning."

Their mothers bathe them with water out of the broken sewerage pipes, and food comes to them after days, even that is not sufficient for everyone as they run after the food distributing manager.

According to the government, one-fifth of the country is under water, and the risk of cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis is growing, and if quick action is not taken, the children and the future of Pakistan will be at a great risk.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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