Unicef Report: Around 4 Million Children Living Under Contaminated Water Due To The Floods

June 4, 2023


Unicef Report: Around 4 Million Children Living Under Contaminated Water Due To The Floods

Shaeran Rufus

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has encouraged the international community to come forward and assist the 4 million children still suffering from contaminated water. In the humanitarian appeal made by UNICEF the children have been suffering from polluted stagnate water that had caused numerous chronic diseases.

A press release by UNICEF, said, around 4 million people are living under the polluted water which is causing a serious health hazard to children. 

Moreover, the release added, that acute respiratory infection and child mortality have caused critical harm to the children. It added that severe malnutrition has doubled since 2021. The report said, “an estimated 1.5 million children are still in need of lifesaving nutrition interventions”.

In addition, it added, around 1.5 million children are looking for nutritional value. As Abdullah Fadil, Unicef representative, said, the children in Pakistan have been pushed to the “brink”.

UNICEF Participation

UNICEF has been actively participating in providing humanitarian aid in reaching 200,000 children with items including jackets, quilts, and warm material clothes. Around 60,000 children have faced acute malnutrition, the report added. As per UNICEF’s objective, 4.5 million children were vaccinated against polio in 16 districts. One million people were also provided with a safe drinking water facility.

Furthermore, UNICEF aims to provide with better water sanitation, hygiene, and education facilities. To be more affected, UNICEF has been working with the government of Pakistan, NGOs, and UN bodies to expand aid and minimise the calamitous caused by the flood. The flood in Pakistan affected one-third of the rural population which resulted in more than 1000 deaths and 12000 injuries with numerous houses destroyed and livelihoods affected.

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