Pakistan floods: world ignoring humanitarian crisis

From The Telegraph:

The world is ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis in Pakistan's Sindh province where a second year of catastrophic floods has forced up to two million to flee their homes, washed away vital crops and left millions at risk of disease, according to aid agencies and local political leaders.

An estimated 300 people have died in three months of torrential monsoon rains which have destroyed 400,000 homes, breached sewerage and freshwater canals and left two million people suffering from malaria, hepatitis and other sanitation-related diseases.

Three-quarters of a million people are living in temporary shelters and seven thousand people have been bitten by snakes in the water.

22 of the province's 24 districts have been flooded, ten of them severely, including several where millions of people were displaced just one year ago.

More than 21 million people fled their homes in the 2010 floods which left one fifth of Pakistan under water and killed an estimated 1000 people. According to aid agencies the impact of this year's flood is worse than last year because many of the victims have been forced abandon their homes for the second consecutive year, but a slow international relief effort is threatening to compound the suffering.

"Our opinion is that it's already worse than last year, not because of the numbers but the impact on a population already severely affected by last year's mega-flood," said Oxfam's country director for Pakistan, Neva Khan. "We're talking about the same population," she added.

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