Pakistan battles growing health crisis from floods

People forced from their homes by catastrophic flooding in Pakistan are now falling ill at an alarming rate, with doctors confirming more cases of water-borne diseases and malaria.

Many towns remain inundated with water, now months after rains began to fall.

It's forced some of the estimated 33-million people affected by the disaster to seek shelter at temporary camps that are not always able to provide clean living conditions.

Pakistani government officials now say the disaster has claimed more than 1,400 lives.

In Sindh Province, where nearly half of those deaths were recorded, doctors provide emergency care inside tents.

Parents come to get medicine for their children and fill containers with water from rusty tanks.

"The children are falling sick by drinking this water. Children suffer from cold, cough and skin problems," said Mohammad Murad, who fled the rising floodwaters.

"There are no good arrangements for drinking water here."

This southern province is now fighting a health crisis, with officials reporting over 180,000 cases of malaria.

Zeeshan Ul-haq, a doctor at the camp, says September and October are already bad months for malaria, dengue and colds. He's also seeing many people with diarrhea.

Forecasts suggest the rain will soon let up, but these evacuees won't be heading home anytime soon.

Officials say they need help from abroad to protect evacuees from unsanitary conditions.