At least 62 children have died in a district of southern Pakistan where thousands are suffering from malnutrition. Most of the children died because of unusual cold weather leading to outbreak of pneumonia and poor medical facilities during last three months in Thar.
Local authorities last week ordered a probe into the deaths, which occurred in a stretch of the Thar desert, which begins around 300 kilometres (200 miles) from Karachi and runs up to the border with India.
An MWF Emergency Response team has also arrived Monday 10 March in the affected areas to personally look into the situation, accompanied by local MWF Sindh representatives.
Ain ul Haq, MWF Emergency Co-ordinator (Pakistan) said, “In the first phase, 500 families will be given monthly emergency supplies for a month, which will include; food items and clean water. We will also be organising medical camps in the affected villages of Tharparkar.”
In 2000, the desert suffered a famine that killed 90 percent of the livestock, the economic mainstay of the area.
We urge you to donate generously towards the MWF Emergency Response in the Thar, Sindh; £50 will help support a family in need for an entire month. Donate online or call our donations team on +44 (0) 300 30 30 777.