Pakistan Flood Leads to a Rise in Missing Children
With thousands of people dead, hundreds missing and the livelihoods of Pakistani families in despair, the worst flood in decades continues to cause agony in the flood-stricken areas of the country. Government camps are overcrowded and many are faced with hot and humid conditions, lack of water and lack of electricity. Food is sparse and many Pakistani’s are left with only the clothes on their backs – some even less. The United States has been the biggest support for the country, stepping in and committing 200 million dollars. However, it may take years to rebuild this country and for many, life will never be the same.
Nearly a month after the Pakistan flood, children are still missing and the parent’s hopes for finding them are growing more worrisome. When the flood hit, those living in mud homes had everything washed away and everyone fought for their own lives. Families with missing children have spent weeks searching the streets to see if their children remain. Before the flood hit, nearly 4300 children went missing in Pakistan, a huge concern as rates for drug trafficking, sex trade and abduction are high. With even more vulnerable children missing from the flood, parents are concerned that these numbers will grow.
For those who have survived and remained with their parents in government camps, the future looks good, but not for quite some time. Children lack clothes, water and food and there is a rise in certain diseases, such as measles. It is estimated that nearly 6 million Pakistani children are at risk for malnutrition and many are already ill and fighting for their life.
To help the survivors of the flood, text “FLOOD” to 27722
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