Pakistan

One more infant dies in Tharparkar; toll reaches 118

MITHI: Another infant breathed his last in village Chachro of Tharparkar due to malnutrition, ARY News reported Sunday.

The death toll in last 48 days due to drought has reached 118 in the desert region of Sindh. The latest child who died due to starvation was four-months-old and was brought to Civil Hospital Mithi.

A total of 496 people, 296 of them children, have died in Thar this year.

Life in the desert is closely tied to rain-dependent crops and animals, with farmers relying on beans, wheat and sesame seeds for survival. They barter any surplus for livestock.

There are few health care facilities in the area, and families must travel substantial distances to seek treatment.

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