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Floodwaters Recede In Parts Of Pakistan, But Dehydration And Disease Threaten

Pakistanis displaced by floods struggle

Pakistanis displaced by floods obtain for water from a tanker near a makeshift camp in Thatta, in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After a month of flooding across Pakistan, the waters are now draining into the Arabian Sea, NPR's Susannah George reports from Islamabad:

Although this allows some of the displaced to return home, the floods continue to affect the health and livelihoods of millions of Pakistanis.

As flood waters recede in some parts of the country, Pakistan is now battling dehydration, malnutrition and the spread of disease.

"Pakistan's prime minister says the government is 'seriously concerned' about the potential spread of epidemic diseases in the flood-hit country," the BBC reports.

"As human misery continues to mount, we are seriously concerned with spread of epidemic diseases," Yousuf Raza Gilani said. "There is likelihood of water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery, especially in children who are already weak and vulnerable."

Save the Children warns that 100,000 pregnant women are now at risk of infection and disease. Without enough doctors or proper facilities, expectant mothers have been forced to give birth in makeshift shelters.

The United Nations warns that,without the proper aid and equipment, Pakistan's livestock and agriculture yields will remain stunted until at least 2012.

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