Immediate relief must be provided to millions of people hit by floods in Sindh or more lives will be lost of hunger, Oxfam has warned.
Spokesperson of the international aid agency Oxfam, Dr Noreen Khalid, while talking to BBC, said number of flood afectees had now reached 8.9 million but aid pledges were yet to be fulfilled and government along with relief agencies had not enough resources to cope with the deteriorating situation.
Originally published as: Hunger stares in face of affectees
She underlined the need to motivate the international aid agencies and the world community to fulfil their pledges of aid for the flood victims.
The United Nations had warned on Saturday that thousands of lives were in danger in flood-ravaged Sindh as the international body was running out of resources amid growing humanitarian needs. The UN had said the available resources would last till October 10.
She said the international aid agencies should have been reacted promptly at that time, for, it is too late now. And if they did not come to rescue the affectees, they would start dying of hunger, she added.
“At present, children are suffering from malnutrition, affectees’ standing crops and other food resources have been washed away with the floods, their houses and agricultural land are still submerged in water, there are no means in sight to drain out the floodwater from these areas and the aid agencies are finding it difficult to have access to these areas, “ she said adding, “In this situation if aid agencies do not come to rescue them, it would be disastrous and worrisome.”
She said it is the need of the hour that donor agencies and world community must be motivated to help the flood-hit people urgently.
Dr Noreen said two floods in a year has have greatly affected the flood victims’ physical and medico-psychological capabilities to face the circumstances.
Presently, 240,000 women are pregnant and 40 babies are being born daily. More than 10 million children are suffering from water-borne diseases like malaria and skin problems. They have no medical facilities available to them, she said.
“Oxfam is providing potable water to 8.5 million people and focusing on water drainage from the affected areas because most of the ailments and medical problems originate from stagnant waters,” Noreen said.
“As the victims’ are very large in number, so donor agencies must help them immediately,” she concluded.