WaterAid continues water sanitation work in Pakistan

WaterAid is continuing water sanitation and hygiene work in Pakistan following severe floods, and has launched an emergency appeal in a bid to raise further funds.

As a result of severe flooding in Pakistan’s southern province Sindh, more than five million people have been affected, causing around 300 deaths and significant damage to crops, livestock, infrastructure and homes.

It has also left an estimated two million people suffering from malaria, hepatitis and other diseases related to lack of sanitation and waterborne diseases.

Commenting on the disaster, WaterAid director of international programmes Girish Menon, said: “WaterAid is providing emergency relief in response to the worsening situation in Sindh, where people are suffering devastating floods for a second year in a row.

“Urgent action is needed to stop waterborne disease from spreading, particularly in areas marooned by the flood waters.”

The funding will be used by WaterAid’s local partners, which have been working in relief camps and settlements in Badin and Tharparkar, two of the worst flood-hit districts, to provide temporary toilets, soap and basic hygiene for 860 families.

Donations to WaterAid’s emergency appeal in Pakistan can be made here.

Carys Matthews

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