U.N. humanitarian spokesman Maurizio Giuliano said Monday as many as six million people in Pakistan face the risk of contracting diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses if donors do not provide more aid following the country's devastating floods.
The World Health Organization's representative in Pakistan, Guido Sabatinelli, says a lack of clean water and unavailability of medication is a 'deadly combination' for those already in poor living conditions..."
Cholera Confirmed in Pakistan's Floods | News | English: "... the U.N. confirmed the waterborne disease cholera has been found in the disaster zone.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says the catastrophic floods, triggered by monsoon rains, have affected 20 million people. Many of those have lost their homes; others were displaced temporarily, but it is not clear if they have returned to their homes.
The government canceled independence day celebrations as floods triggered by monsoon downpours continued to devastate a region where aid workers say 6 million people need humanitarian assistance.
U.N. officials confirmed the first case of cholera in Mingora, in the northwestern district of Swat. Other cases of the deadly disease are suspected and aid workers are treating thousands of cases of acute watery diarrhea.
Authorities say the floods have killed 1,600 people..."