Drought-hit Pakistan district: death toll rises to 200

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Karachi: The death of another child and a woman in the drought-stricken Tharparkar district in Sindh province of Pakistan has raised the death toll to 200 in three months. Besides the scarcity of food and malnutrition, inadequate medical facilities in the region are also contributing to the deaths, The Nation reported. The Sindh health secretary has dismissed as many as 480 doctors for being absent from duty. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced a Pakistani Rs.1-billion (around $9.82 million) aid package for the drought-affected area.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government in Sindh province of Pakistan is installing 683 solar-powered reverse osmosis plants in the drought-hit areas of Tharparkar and other arid regions to provide 10,000
gallons of safe drinking water daily.

IANS