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article imageAfter the Flooding Cholera fears increase in Pakistan

By Jane Fazackarley     Aug 15, 2010 in World
Floods in Pakistan have left an estimated 1,500 dead, 20 million homeless and over 722,00 homes damaged. The biggest threat now is disease with the first case of Cholera already being reported.
The World Health Organisation have highlighted the risk of waterborne diseases on their website and they are working with the Pakistani Ministry of Health, National Disaster Management Authority and other organisations to provide the urgently needed medical care.
Cholera is an infection that can be contracted through contaminated water and a lack of sanitation can contribute to the disease.
According to Sky News, WHO predict that up to 300,000 could get cholera. Mark Ward, acting director of the US department for foreign disaster assistance, told Sky News:
"When you are dealing with this much water and that many people, it (cholera) is almost unavoidable. I think we can control this."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Pakistan and has made an appeal for more aid to help the country in the aftermath of the flooding.
UNICEF had earlier launched an appeal to raise over $47 million to help them with the relief operation.
Martin Mogwanja, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan said:
"UNICEF is ramping up its relief operation for the millions of people affected by the flooding in Pakistan. Many of those are children who are especially vulnerable to disease and the present harsh conditions. They need water, medicine, food and shelter urgently. Our immediate priority is to reach all those hit by the flooding especially those in the most remote areas,"
The countries damaged infrastructure has hampered the relief operation with roads and bridges destroyed by the flood waters and the weather conditions have also blighted the aid efforts.
An appeal by the DEC has already raised £12 million in the United Kingdom.
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