WHO Releases Situation Report on Flooding in Pakistan
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 in Pakistan. The most affected province is Sindh, followed by Balochistan.
As of 25 August 2022, 33+ million people have been affected. 6.4+ million people are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 421 000 refugees. Over a thousand lives have been lost and almost 15000 people injured, a report released by World Health Organisation (WHO) stated.
Health facilities have been severely affected. As on August 28, a total 888 health facilities have been damaged in the country of which 180 of them are completely damaged.
Access to health facilities, health care workers, and essential medicines and medical supplies remain the main health challenges for now.
Country’s health system is already battling multiple concurrent health threats including COVID 19, and outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, measles, leishmaniasis and HIV.
Even before the current floods, there was a significant disparity in access to health services between rural and urban areas. The current situation will highly likely increase the spread of disease especially if/when response capacities are hindered, the WHO report further stated.