Washington Star/Evening Star

June 30 1971


RAINS ADD TO DEATH TOLL OF PAKISTAN REFUGEES

By Associated Press

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"WE CANNOT WAIT"

An official of the refugee rehabilitation directorate in Calcutta said: "We cannot wait months for tarpaulins. The monsoon has already set in and disease and deaths will soon keep mounting unless some shelter is arranged."

With the monsoon rains spreading human wastes through the refugee communities, the officials expressed fear that cholera could strike a second timeā€”and with greater force than before. He said only about a third of the 6 million refugees in India have been inoculated against cholera.

The lucky refugees are those who have been admitted to semi-permanent camps, built with tents and tarpaulins. But even in these, refugees frequently have to walk through ankledeep mud because of poor or nonexistent drainage facilities.

Those outside camps live along roadsides or in makeshift shelters made of palm leaves that offer no protection against the monsoon.


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