PAKISTAN: Government neglect in drought-affected region leaves thousands malnourished in Tharparkar District

PAKISTAN: Government neglect in drought-affected region leaves thousands malnourished in Tharparkar District

The current drought in Tharparkar has left many villagers suffering from malnutrition and other hunger-related illnesses. The villagers rely on the consumption of milk from livestock as their primary source of food but the drought has killed off a larger number of animals, and milk production has severely dwindled. Livestock comprises of almost 80 percent of the district’s economy, and the shortage of animals has also significantly decreased the villagers’ purchasing power. Thus, the victims can neither rely on animal husbandry and farming in the village as a source of food, nor can they afford to buy food in the markets. Potable water also does not exist in the area anymore as most of the ground wells have gone dry. This has increased the incidence of malnutrition and the young, elderly and pregnant being more susceptible. Read more about PAKISTAN: Government neglect in drought-affected region leaves thousands malnourished in Tharparkar District