Intense flooding has decimated much of Pakistan, with nearly a third of the country flooded. The “super floods,” as this year’s monsoon rains have been called, have swept the country since June, displacing millions. Rivers and dams have overflowed, flooding villages, roads and other important infrastructure.
Nearly 33 million people have been displaced by the recent floods, 16 million of which are children. The death toll is approximately 1,545, including 552 children. Livestock and farmland were also destroyed, jeopardizing food and income sources for families.
In addition to the initial death toll of the floods, officials are worried about diseases causing countless more deaths. Diseases such as dengue fever, cholera and other diarrheal diseases that spread from contaminated water are expected to afflict many more children. Without immediate intervention, the death toll is expected to rise.
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