Amid the disaster.. Aid arrives in Pakistan and fears of "post-flood diseases"

Amid the disaster.. Aid arrives in Pakistan and fears of “post-flood diseases”

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To highlight the scale of the disaster and its impact on the lives of millions of Pakistanis, villager Fayyad Ali, 27, recounted his bitter experience after he was able to move his family from Shikarpur district, which was badly affected in Sindh province, to safety, but he remained in the hope of saving his home. and say:

  • I moved my family to safety, but the house would collapse at any moment.
  • Our house is completely covered in water, and I know there is no hope of saving it.
  • I can’t just leave him and go away, although I haven’t received any help yet, Reuters reported.

6.4 million people need assistance

  • The World Health Organization has confirmed that more than 6.4 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including refugees.
  • The organization explained in a statement: "Providing access to health facilities, health care workers, essential medicines and medical supplies remains the main health challenge today".
  • "About 888 health facilities were damaged by the floods"According to the organization.

"Post Flood Diseases"

For their part, doctors in Pakistan sounded the alarm, expressing concern about the spread of water-borne diseases among flood survivors, as waters caused by strong monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country..

  • At the beginning of the disaster, some doctors confirmed that they often saw patients traumatized by the floods.
  • Now, these doctors have confirmed that people have diarrhoea, skin infections and other water-borne diseases in the flood-affected areas.
  • Mahmud Azhar, a doctor who treats patients in Rojan in Punjab, explained that many residents "They suffer from digestive diseases due to the lack of drinking water, and children suffer from diarrhea and gastroenteritis"
  • Another doctor, Ghulam Mujtaba, said that "People suffer from skin diseases while walking in flood waters, and we try to give them medicine".
  • The development forced the government to deploy additional medical teams and send medicines, along with providing clean drinking water to the survivors, many of whom live in tents and makeshift homes.

Urgent Aid

Preliminary estimates indicate that the floods caused by the monsoon rains in Pakistan have cost its cash-strapped economy more than $4 billion in the current fiscal year. Pakistan is also facing a rise in food prices.

In this regard, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said, on Wednesday, that international aid has begun to arrive in the country, through planes carrying tents, food and medicine from the UAE, China and Turkey.

The aid included:

  • Operating an air bridge to transport humanitarian aid from the UAE to Pakistan, according to the UAE Ministry of Defense represented by the Joint Operations Command.
  • The UAE relief aid included shelter materials, humanitarian needs, food and medicine parcels for those affected by torrential rains and floods, with the aim of contributing to supporting efforts to relief the affected population and providing them with the necessary needs.
  • Among the aid shipments, 4 Chinese planes carrying tents and other relief supplies arrived, with a total weight of 3,000 tons.
  • According to Pakistani Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund has approved the seventh and eighth revisions of the financial support program for Pakistan, which will release funds of 1.17 billion dollars to the cash-strapped country.

Efforts to ease import restrictions from India

  • Ismail further confirmed that "International aid agencies, struggling to help hundreds of thousands of people displaced by massive floods, have asked for restrictions on food imports from India to be eased."Pakistan’s old opponent.
  • The minister confirmed that "The government is considering easing restrictions imposed on the largely closed border with India, to facilitate the arrival of supplies of vegetables and other foodstuffs".
  • In a tweet on Twitter, he confirmed that "The government will make a decision to allow imports or not, based on the situation of supply shortage, after consulting with its coalition partners and key stakeholders.".

The two nuclear-armed neighbors have fought three wars since becoming independent states in 1947. India and Pakistan are tighter controls on their largely closed shared border..

There is little commercial exchange or travel between Muslim Pakistan and Hindu-majority India, despite the historical, cultural and familial ties between the two sides..

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Disaster damage so far

  • The flash floods, caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains and melting glaciers, inundated a third of Pakistan and claimed the lives of more than 1,191 people, including 380 children.
  • Hundreds of thousands of displaced people are in urgent need of shelter, food and clean water, amid fears of fresh floods, Wednesday.
  • The National Disaster Management Authority confirmed that 480,030 displaced people were transferred to refugee camps.
  • The United Nations has appealed for $160 million to help in what it described as an “unprecedented climate catastrophe”.“.

survivor certificate

To highlight the scale of the disaster and its impact on the lives of millions of Pakistanis, villager Fayyad Ali, 27, recounted his bitter experience after he was able to move his family from Shikarpur district, which was badly affected in Sindh province, to safety, but he remained in the hope of saving his home. and say:

  • I moved my family to safety, but the house would collapse at any moment.
  • Our house is completely covered in water, and I know there is no hope of saving it.
  • I can’t just leave him and go away, although I haven’t received any help yet, Reuters reported.

6.4 million people need assistance

  • The World Health Organization has confirmed that more than 6.4 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including refugees.
  • The organization explained in a statement: “Access to health facilities, health care workers, essential medicines and medical supplies remains the main health challenge at the moment.“.
  • “About 888 health facilities were damaged by the floods,” according to the organization.

Post-Flood Diseases

For their part, doctors in Pakistan sounded the alarm, expressing concern about the spread of water-borne diseases among flood survivors, as waters caused by strong monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country..

  • At the beginning of the disaster, some doctors confirmed that they often saw patients traumatized by the floods.
  • Now, these doctors have confirmed that people have diarrhoea, skin infections and other water-borne diseases in the flood-affected areas.
  • Mahmud Azhar, a doctor who treats patients in Rojan in Punjab, explained that many residents “suffer from digestive diseases due to the lack of potable water, and children suffer from diarrhea and gastroenteritis.”
  • Another doctor, Ghulam Mujtaba, said that “people suffer from skin diseases while they are walking in the flood waters, and we are trying to give them medicine.”
  • The development forced the government to deploy additional medical teams and send medicines, along with providing clean drinking water to the survivors, many of whom live in tents and makeshift homes.

Urgent Aid

Preliminary estimates indicate that the floods caused by the monsoon rains in Pakistan have cost its cash-strapped economy more than $4 billion in the current fiscal year. Pakistan is also facing a rise in food prices.

In this regard, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said, on Wednesday, that international aid has begun to arrive in the country, through planes carrying tents, food and medicine from the UAE, China and Turkey.

The aid included:

  • Operating an air bridge to transport humanitarian aid from the UAE to Pakistan, according to the UAE Ministry of Defense represented by the Joint Operations Command.
  • The UAE relief aid included shelter materials, humanitarian needs, food and medicine parcels for those affected by torrential rains and floods, with the aim of contributing to supporting efforts to relief the affected population and providing them with the necessary needs.
  • Among the aid shipments, 4 Chinese planes carrying tents and other relief supplies arrived, with a total weight of 3,000 tons.
  • According to Pakistani Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund has approved the seventh and eighth revisions of the financial support program for Pakistan, which will release funds of 1.17 billion dollars to the cash-strapped country.

Efforts to ease import restrictions from India

  • Ismail further confirmed that “international aid agencies, struggling to help hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the massive floods, have asked for the easing of restrictions on food imports from India”, Pakistan’s longtime foe..
  • The minister stressed that “the government is considering easing the restrictions imposed on the largely closed border with India, to facilitate the arrival of supplies of vegetables and other food items.”.
  • And in a tweet on Twitter, he confirmed that “the government will take a decision to allow imports or not, based on the situation of shortage of supplies, after consulting with its coalition partners and key stakeholders.”“.

The two nuclear-armed neighbors have fought three wars since becoming independent states in 1947. India and Pakistan are tighter controls on their largely closed shared border..

There is little commercial exchange or travel between Muslim Pakistan and Hindu-majority India, despite the historical, cultural and familial ties between the two sides..


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