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Infant among three die in drought-hit Thar

THARPARKAR: Three more children on Sunday perished due to drought in desert region of Sindh, ARY News reports.

According to sources, one year old Kamla and two other infants died due to malnutrition in Diplo, village of Tharparkar. The death toll of infants has risen to 121 this year.

The area continues to suffer food shortage causing malnutrition in mothers resulting in various health disorders in newborn children. The desert district of Thar bordering India passing through severe drought spell for a long period. Insufficient health facilities and the government neglect has multiplied the misery of the resident of the area.

Scarce rainfall and the government’s inability to ensure food supplies in the region cause malnutrition and other health issues causing deaths.

The Thar desert, straddling the Indian border and one of Pakistan’s poorest areas, has seen an alarming number of children suffering pneumonia or diarrhea 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 Sindh.

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