• September 1, 2022

Flood situation highly likely to boost disease spread as Pakistan battles health threats: WHO

Flood situation highly likely to boost disease spread as Pakistan battles health threats: WHO

The current flood situation will highly likely increase the spread of disease, especially if and when response capacities are hindered, says the World Health Organization (WHO), as Pakistan continues its relentless battle against deadly floods.

In its latest situation report on flooding in Pakistan, the WHO pointed out that the heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan which started in mid-July 2022 are continuing in many parts of the country and have affected 116 districts (75%) out of 154 districts of the country. The most affected province is Sindh, followed by Balochistan.

As of August 25, 2022, more than 33 million people have been affected and over 6.4 million people are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 421,000 refugees, the WHO report highlighted. More than 1,100 lives have been lost and almost 15,000 people injured.

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