Pakistan flooding could imperil millions of children
August 17, 2010
In a shocking example of why we must never take our clean drinking water for granted, the UN says that waterborne diseases threaten the lives of 3.5 million children in Pakistan
, after flooding caused a massive amount of destruction. That figure counts children alone -- not their parents nor their grandparents -- and it's a figure larger than the entire poplation of Iowa
, or about twice the population of Nebraska
. We have received calls from people trying to coordinate shipments of items like chlorination tablets
to assist with the disinfection of the water in Pakistan, but we have encountered considerable difficulty in shipping those tablets overseas in the past, because chlorination tablets are strong oxidizers -- which means they are rarely accepted for airborne freight. If nothing else, though, the situation highlights just how indispensable a safe drinking water supply can be.
last revised August 2010