STORY: Only about 900 of more than 100,000 pregnant women displaced by the ongoing and massive floods across Pakistan's Sindh province have made it to relief camps, according to data from the provincial government released on Tuesday (6 September).
And it's raising fears of births in harrowing conditions.
The record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan's northern mountains have brought floods that have affected 33 million people and killed more than 1,300 people, including 458 children. About a third of the country has been hit.
The relief effort is a huge burden for an economy already needing help from the International Monetary Fund.
This is the Civil Hospital Dadu of Dadu city, which says it's been overwhelmed with more than more than 72,000 patients in recent days. Paediatrician Dr Allah Bux Korejo has been among the team treating some 5000 children with diarrhoea.
“Because of the rains, the cases of diarrhoea, malaria and gastric illnesses have increased in Dadu district. We are admitting around 100 cases of diarrhoea, and around five to six cases of malaria every day. The (uptick in) diarrhoea is because of the accumulation of dirty water.”
The United Nations has called for $160 million in aid to help the flood victims but Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said the damage was far higher, telling the U.S. news network CNBC that the total was closer to $10 billion, if not more.