What is Happening in Sindh After the Floods? The Tragic Reality of Pakistan’s Latest Natural Disaster

Small though it may be, Sehwan is located in the southern region of Pakistan and is home to a sizable government hospital that is consistently swamped with people in need of care in the emergency department.

During the worst flooding the country has seen in decades, hundreds of people crammed themselves into rooms and corridors, hoping for any opportunity to get treatment for illnesses like malaria and other fast spreading. There are now hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis who have been forced to leave their homes and are living in camps that are maintained by the government or out in the open.

The floods that have yet to drain and have covered hundreds of square kilometers have already resulted in widespread skin and eye infections, diarrhea, malaria, typhoid, and dengue fever. Additionally, the floodwaters have covered hundreds of square kilometers (miles).

This natural disaster has struck Pakistan at the very worst conceivable time. Because the nation’s economy is in such a state of disarray that it is only being kept afloat with help from the IMF, the nation will be unable to cope with the long-term effects of the floods.

Flooding caused by melting glaciers and heavy rains brought on by the monsoon season has claimed the lives of over 1,700 people so far. The government and the United Nations have pointed the finger of blame for this catastrophe at climate change, which is believed to have cost Pakistan thirty billion dollars.

Officials estimate that more than 340 people have lost their lives due to diseases spread by the floods. Since the first of July, there have been 17,285 malaria cases. Sindh province, where the health service reported an exceptionally high number of cases, has been hit the hardest by this outbreak.

During the phase of the floods involving rescue and relief efforts, the government of Sindh is trying to temporarily employ some 5,000 health specialists in locations most in danger from disease epidemics.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that water-borne diseases might spread across the country, particularly in Sindh, resulting in a “second tragedy.”

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