Death toll in drought-hit Tharparkar reaches 211
Four more children died in Tharparkar district, undergoing chronic drought situation resulting in food shortage in the desert region. The number of deaths of the malnourished children in the region during current year has reached to 211.
The desert district of Thar bordering India passing through severe drought spell for a long period.
Scarce rainfall and the government’s inability to ensure food supplies in the region cause malnutrition and other health issues among mothers resulting in death of newborns.
Thar Desert, 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.