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Food threat looms for child flood victims, UN warns

kids outdoorGENEVA: UN aid agencies warned on Tuesday that flood stricken areas of Pakistan faced a looming threat of child malnutrition although the overall health situation was broadly under control for now.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said over 10 million children had been affected by the flooding, including 2.8 million under five-year-olds.

“The emergency is far from over: large numbers of women and children have not been reached with the assistance they urgently need,” said UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado.

“The risk of malnutrition looms large with the very young extremely vulnerable,” she told journalists.

Mercado said the stuttering aid effort needed to be sustained and scaled up urgently to reach more children especially with food.

“If we do not, conditions for those affected will deteriorate. This could happen very rapidly and would result in a much worse condition than we have on our hands today,” she said.

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