Thar: Hospitals flooded with famine-struck children



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14/10/31  THARPARKAR – Famine continues to diminish life chances for children in Tharparkar as the hospitals get flooded with malnourished children and government’s relief operations remain restricted to the cities. There is no proper arrangement to provide fodder and treatment for the animals. On the other hand in Chachro, scarcity of water has worsened in more than 30 villages whereas the wells have completely dried up. Small girls have to travel miles in scorching heat to access water whereas the local administration of Chachro is completely numb to the dearth. Earlier, 31 innocent lives have been lost at the hands of drought, in the month of October whereas water shortage has worsened as 114 tube wells in Chachhro and Dhali have become dysfunctional. Dispensaries in the far flung areas of Tharparkar have also been closed in the suburbs. People therefore have to travel miles to reach cities for treatment. The ones alive, on the other hand, are suffering through scarcity of water. 114 tube wells in Chachhro and Dhali have become dysfunctional whereas tools of more than 75 tube wells are missing. Rs 20 million grant by the Mithi administration appears to be insufficient to solve water availability issue for the past 7 years. Locals are forced to buy water whereas water is not being provided to the caravans of migrants.

Sindh government doesn’t bat an eye over the situation while people a suffering and dying of scarcity of food and water.

Pakistan army however continues to be of service to the famine struck lives.