UNICEF delivers life-saving supplies to help children affected by floods in Pakistan

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delivered 32 metric tons of life-saving
medical and other emergency supplies to support

children and women affected by devastating
floods across Pakistan.
The shipment arrived in Karachi from UNICEF’s

Supply Division in Copenhagen. The shipment
includes medicines, medical supplies, water

purifying tablets, safe delivery kits, therapeutic
nutritional supplements. UNICEF handed over the

supplies to the Government of Pakistan,
represented by Sindh Province’s Ministry of Health

and Population Welfare. The supplies will be
immediately dispatched to children and families

who need them the most in some of the 72
hardest-hit districts.
“The floods have left children and families out in

the open with no access to the basic necessities
of life,” said Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF

Representative in Pakistan. “This shipment is

critical and
life-saving, but only a drop in the ocean of what is

required. The risk of an outbreak of water-
borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dengue,

and malaria, keeps increasing every day as
people are forced to drink contaminated water and

practice open defecation. The dangers of
mosquitoes, snakebites, skin and respiratory

diseases are also increasing. We need urgent

support
to help children grappling for survival.”
A second shipment of 34 metric tons of

humanitarian supplies is expected to arrive on

Tuesday,
carrying medicines to treat parasitic infections,

resuscitation and sterilization kits, micronutrients
for pregnant women, educational supplies, and

recreational kits to help children cope with
trauma.
Heavy monsoon rains have left one-third of the

country under water, affecting more than 33
million people. Half of them are children,

including at least 3.4 million who are in need of
immediate, lifesaving support.
Relief and rescue operations are still extremely

hard to carry-out – many roads remain cut off by
floodwater. At least 5,000 kilometres (3,200

miles) of roads and around 160 bridges have been
destroyed or damaged.
Using pre-positioned emergency supplies, UNICEF

has delivered immediate emergency services
and supplies worth over US$ 2 million over the

past week. These included drinking water, water
purification tablets, hygiene kits, medicines,

vaccines, therapeutic nutritional supplements for
children, pregnant and lactating women, and

mosquito nets.
As part of the UN flash appeal of US$160 million

to support the national flood response,
UNICEF is appealing for US$37 million to reach

children and families in need of life-saving
support.