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Agencies act to avert “public health catastrophe” in wake of floods in Pakistan

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4205 (Published 04 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4205
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Relief teams responding to Pakistan’s worst flooding in generations are being hampered by massive infrastructural damage that has left the worst hit areas unreachable except by air.

    Health workers are warning of the risk of waterborne diseases as continuing heavy monsoon rains threaten to cause further damage downstream.

    Millions of people have been affected, and 1500 people have already died as a result of floods, local news agencies report. One of the worst hit areas is the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly the North West Frontier Province). This area has seen hundreds of thousands of people displaced by a recent Pakistan army campaign against suspected Taliban insurgents.

    Meanwhile the World Health Organization has reported an increasing number of cases of …

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