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16m kids hit by Pakistan’s ‘super floods’: Unicef

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Islamabad: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) representative in Pakistan has said that an estimated 16 million children have been impacted by the ‘super floods’ and at least 3.4 million girls and boys remain in need of immediate, lifesaving support.

In a statement issued here on Friday, Abdullah Fadil, who recently concluded a two-day visit to the flood-affected areas of Sindh, said the situation was extremely grim in flood-hit areas with malnourished children battling diarrohea, dengue fever and several painful skin diseases.

Meanwhile the toll in the floods since June reached 1,545 with 40 more deaths reported, said Dawn.

Fadil said floods have now claimed the lives of at least 528 children and each and every one of these deaths was a tragedy which could have been averted.

As the magnitude of flood disaster continues to unfold, international aid continues to trickle in.

The Japanese government on Friday announced US$7 million while the Canadian government pledged 3 million Canadian dollars for the flood-hit people.

“The sad reality is that without a massive increase in support and aid, many more children will lose their lives,” the Unicef representative said.

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