Aug 29, 2010

Waterborne Disease A Threat For Pakistan's Children

Pabbi
Nowshera
Pakistan
by
Asif Shahzad
,
Associated Press
Pakistani flood victims collect relief supplies. Photo: United States Navy
Pakistani flood victims collect relief supplies. Photo: United States Navy

Access to clean water has always been a problem in Pakistan, but the floods have worsened the situation significantly by breaking open sewer lines, filling wells with dirty water and displacing millions of people who must use the contaminated water around them. Children are more vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhea and dysentery because they are more easily dehydrated...The Pakistani government and international aid groups have worked to get clean water to millions of people affected by the floods and treat those suffering from waterborne diseases. But they have been overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster.