Pakistanis await aid amid droughts

More than 65 Pakistani children have died, and hundreds more old and young are suffering from malnutrition as the result of droughts in the Tharparkar district of the southern Sindh province. Villagers regularly wait for aid at state-run distribution centres, and hospitals are straining under the number of admissions as the beans, wheat, sesame seeds and livestock needed for survival rapidly decrease in number and quality.
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Pakistani villagers wait to collect relief items from a state-run distribution centre at Chelhar village in the drought-hit Tharparkar district in southern Sindh province, some 300 kilometres east of Karachi, on March 11, 2014. At least 67 children have died from malnutrition in the drought-hit Thar Desert region since December 2013. The Thar desert, which runs up to the border with India, is dominated by subsistence farmers who depend on beans, wheat, and sesame seeds for survival, bartering surplus in exchange for livestock. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani villagers wait to collect relief items from a state-run distribution centre at Chelhar village in the drought-hit Tharparkar district in southern Sindh province, some 300 kilometres east of Karachi, on March 11, 2014. At least 67 children have died from malnutrition in the drought-hit Thar Desert region since December 2013. The Thar desert, which runs up to the border with India, is dominated by subsistence farmers who depend on beans, wheat, and sesame seeds for survival, bartering surplus in exchange for livestock. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani villagers walk with their livestock from the drought-hit Tharparkar district in southern Sindh province, some 300 kilometers east of Karachi, on March 11, 2014. Villagers said some 150 sheep have died from disease in drought-affected villages in the region, where at least 67 children have died from malnutrition since December 2013. An outbreak of sheep pox has aggravated the situation, residents say. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani villagers wait to receive relief supplies outside a military camp in Mithi, the capital of Tharparkar district, some 300 kilometers from Karachi on March 11, 2014. At least 62 children have died in a district of southern Pakistan where thousands are suffering from malnutrition, officials said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani villagers wait to receive relief supplies outside a military camp in Mithi, the capital of Tharparkar district, some 300 kilometers from Karachi on March 11, 2014. At least 62 children have died in a district of southern Pakistan where thousands are suffering from malnutrition, officials said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani villager tend to their children, affected by famine, at a government hospital in Mithi, the capital of Tharparkar district, some 300 kilometers from Karachi on March 11, 2014. At least 62 children have died in a district of southern Pakistan where thousands are suffering from malnutrition, officials said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Pakistani villager holds her child, affected by famine, at a government hospital in Mithi, the capital of Tharparkar district, some 300 kilometers from Karachi on March 11, 2014. At least 62 children have died in a district of southern Pakistan where thousands are suffering from malnutrition, officials said. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani villagers tend to their children, affected by famine, at a government hospital in Mithi, the capital of Tharparkar district, some 300 kilometers from Karachi on March 11, 2014. At least 62 children have died in a district of southern Pakistan where thousands are suffering from malnutrition, officials said. (AFP/Getty Images)