Women in Pakistan who survived the floods now confront an increasing health issue.



Pakistan’s Islamabad – Hasina Mugheri has been back in her village in Sindh, a province in southern Pakistan that was devastated by massive flooding in August, for two weeks.

Mugheri relives the pain of the night she and her family had to flee their house in the village of Khair Muhammed Mugheri due to the rising, rushing floodwaters every day. She was ten weeks along.

“we did eventually manage to find [a] roof over our heads, so I am very grateful to god for that,” said the 42-year-old.

“But it cost me my child”


Mugheri narrated how she, her husband and 21 members of their household spent the night out in the open, before walking more than five kilometres (three miles) in the rain and darkness to reach a government school in the city of Johi where they found shelter.


“Within two days of reaching there, I started bleeding, and asked my husband to take me to the hospital. The doctors said that stress, and all the walking perhaps caused the loss of [my] pregnancy. But what else can I do now, except praying,” Mugheri told Aljazera


For Mugheri, the loss of her pregnancy was a painful reminder of the last major flood in her village in 2010. Then, too, she lost a child who was only seven-days old.


The repeated trauma has sent her spiralling into depression, she said.


“I last had a daughter nine years ago. I have already endured multiple miscarriages. You always hope for the best and are looking forward to become a mother again but then things like this happens,” she recalled.


“I was just completely bedridden in a room full of people, with no privacy, and no space to grieve.”


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