Pakistan

Dreading drought: Four more children die in Tharparkar

MITHI: The deaths owing to starvation in the drought-hit Tharparkar continue to haunt its denizens as four more children breathed their last in the district on Thursday, ARY News reported.

The death toll has seen no halt since the drought-related fatalities began to surge has reached 216.

Majority of the patients are admitted at the Civil Hospital Mithi (CHM) as the hospital had better facility comparing any other sanatorium in the desert region of Sindh. The latest deaths are also reported from CHM.

The Thar desert, straddling the Indian border and one of Pakistan’s poorest areas, has seen an alarming number of children suffering pneumonia or diarrhoea due to a dangerous mix of drought, poverty and poor health infrastructure.

The deaths have prompted criticism for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which governs in the southern province of Sindh where part of the desert is located.

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