Slide Show: Disease Outbreaks Feared as Pakistan’s Floodwaters Spread

BY Talea Miller  August 19, 2010 at 3:43 PM EDT
Sick with Diarrhea A woman holds her son suffering from diarrhea at a government hospital. AFP/Getty Images

Sick with Diarrhea
A woman holds her son suffering from diarrhea at a government hospital. AFP/Getty Images

An estimated 4 million people are now homeless and 20 million affected by the severe monsoon-season flooding in Pakistan. Access to clean water and medical services is limited, driving up the risk for disease outbreaks.

UNICEF’s senior emergency health adviser, Robin Nandy, spoke with the NewsHour from UNICEF headquarters about the situation on the ground and what humanitarian workers are expecting to see as the crisis continues.


Floodwaters Spread An aerial view of the flooding in Pakistan over the area of Jacobabad. AFP/Getty Images

Floodwaters Spread
An aerial view of the flooding in Pakistan over the area of Jacobabad. AFP/Getty Images

Flood-affected children Pakistani children are among the most vulnerable to disease outbreaks. AFP/Getty Images

Flood-affected children
Pakistani children are among the most vulnerable to disease outbreaks. AFP/Getty Images

Depending on Food Aid Pakistan's prime minister has said 20 million people may be in need of aid. AFP/Getty Images

Depending on Food Aid
Pakistan’s prime minister has said 20 million people may be in need of aid. AFP/Getty Images

Disease on the Rise A medical office treats a boy at a flood field hospital. Tim Wimborne; REUTERS

Disease on the Rise
A medical office treats a boy at a flood field hospital. Tim Wimborne; REUTERS

Few Options A flood-displaced Pakistani mother cares for her sick son. AFP/Getty Images

Few Options
A flood-displaced Pakistani mother cares for her sick son. AFP/Getty Images

Makeshift Facilities A flood survivor is treated by a paramedic in a makeshift clinic. AFP/Getty Images

Makeshift Facilities
A flood survivor is treated by a paramedic in a makeshift clinic. AFP/Getty Images

Clean Water Needed Many people no longer have access to clean water, creating a major health risk. AFP/Getty Images

Clean Water Needed
Many people no longer have access to clean water, creating a major health risk. AFP/Getty Images

Vulnerable populations Babies and children are particularly vulnerable to water-borne disease and respiratory illness. AFP/Getty Images

Vulnerable populations
Babies and children are particularly vulnerable to water-borne disease and respiratory illness. AFP/Getty Images

Returning home Pakistani flood survivors return to their homes, finding destruction. AFP/Getty Images

Returning home
Pakistani flood survivors return to their homes, finding destruction. AFP/Getty Images

Newborn Babies Twins born in a field hospital after flooding began. AFP/Getty Images

Newborn Babies
Twins born in a field hospital after flooding began. AFP/Getty Images

Nurses at Work A Pakistani nurse administers an injection. AFP/Getty Images

Nurses at Work
A Pakistani nurse administers an injection. AFP/Getty Images