2.5 million children affected by Pak floods: UNICEF

Islamabad, Sep 12(ANI): Around 2.5 million children have been affected by the severe floods in Pakistan's Sindh province, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF's Pakistan Representative Dan Rohrmann said that children and families are still recovering from the effects of last year's floods, which has aggravated existing levels of widespread chronic malnutrition, unhealthy sanitation practices and a host of child protection issues.

"We are witnessing vast devastation across huge swathes of Sindh province. The key areas of concern for children right now include access to health and nutrition, safe drinking water and protection," the Express Tribune quoted Rohrmann, as saying.

"At the beginning of an emergency like this, it is critical that children are reached with life-saving interventions and helped to return to a sense of normalcy," he added.

He also said that the UNICEF is closely working with the National Disaster Management Authority, Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, and other UN agencies to urgently assess the level of humanitarian needs. he floods, which began in August, have reportedly killed about 200 people. (ANI)