(Updated) — In the wake of urban flooding in the low-lying areas of Karachi– Pakistan’s financial capital, health experts have warned of possible outbreak of various diseases in the metropolis of 20 million if timely preventive measures were not adopted.
The deadly downpour that lashed Karachi and adjoining areas over the past few days ended Saturday morning, but has left the megacity vulnerable to water-borne diseases.
A senior official of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination fears outbreaks of water-borne diseases in Karachi in the wake of the heavy rains, report local daily Express Tribune.
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“The situation is expected to worsen during the Eid holidays when sacrificial animals will be slaughtered,” he opined.
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Pointing out that various areas in the city are facing urban flooding, he said there was a possibility that rain water was already mixed with sewerage effluent. “This may result in outbreaks of water-borne diseases in Karachi such as gastroenteritis, cholera, hepatitis, skin/ eye allergies, typhoid,” he said.
The health ministry official also warned that snake bite incidents might occur as well. “Just to avoid any untoward situation, the Karachi administration must take precautionary measures and ensure the supply of clean water in areas facing contamination issues,” he said.
Meanwhile, relief and rescue operation in Karachi continues after the torrential rains the city received during the last two days.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), monsoon rains claimed more than 140 lives across Pakistan.