Water-borne diseases rise among Pakistan flood victims

STORY: With hundreds living in tents, hygiene and sanitation were also being challenged.

A resident at the camp, located in the grounds of a school in the hard-hit southern Sindh province, said the water being supplied through tankers was not clean, but there was little that they could do about this.

The health Minister for Sindh, Azra Fazal Pechuho, said a total of 856,000 patients had been treated since the floods began, mostly at mobile hospitals because more than 1,200 health facilities were under water.

Conditions including dysentery, diarrhoea, malaria, skin diseases, and dengue fever are already widespread, she told a news briefing earlier this week.