In Pakistan, Flood Victims' Suffering Worsens Amid Fears of Disease Outbreak

Pakistani flood victims are increasingly suffering from lack of clean drinking water, food, quality shelter and sanitation facilities, aid agencies engaged in relief operations in the country have noted as they prepare to expand their programs in the six hardest-hit regions.

Aid agencies also voiced concern over possible outbreaks of waterborne diseases when stagnant floodwaters begin to recede. World Vision, one of many international aid organizations currently in Pakistan, said prevention of these diseases is a priority. The organization is currently distributing water purification tablets and promoting proper hygiene, among other measures.

Large areas of Pakistan are still submerged under water and in worst-affected districts such as Badin in Sindh province, aid officials said it is likely to take three months before floodwaters run dry.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.