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Misery mounts in drought-hit southeast Pakistan

Published on Mar 11, 2014 9:52 PM
 
Family members and villagers carry the body of two-month-old Mangal, who died of infection, for his burial in a drought-stricken area of Kaposar village of Mithi, in the Sindh province, March 11, 2014. Mangal succumbed to pneumonia on Tuesday in Mithi, southeast Pakistan, the latest victim of a drought that has led to malnutrition and disease in one of the country's poorest regions. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MITHI, Pakistan (AFP) - Two-month-old Mangal succumbed to pneumonia on Tuesday in Mithi, southeast Pakistan, the latest victim of a drought that has led to malnutrition and disease in one of the country's poorest regions.

Her father Buru had held a plastic tube supplying oxygen into her tiny nostrils all night, but his silent prayers were not enough.

She died in a government hospital in Mithi, the main town of Tharparkar district, becoming one of at least 67 children to die of poverty-driven disease in the area since December.

"She was in a very serious condition and we had advised her father to get her to a bigger hospital in Hyderabad city," doctor Mohanlal Khatri told AFP at the Mithi hospital.

 
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