THARPARKAR - Two more children died of malnutrition in Tharparkar, where the ongoing drought has reportedly claimed many lives.

A private TV channel on Sunday reported that the death toll in the area during last three months reached 238 and majority of the victims were children. The residents continue to migrate from different areas of Tharparkar while several locals also protested against the delay in relief activities in most rural areas of the district.

With the rise in temperature, scores of residents of various villages, including children and women, are suffering from malaria, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, TB and other diseases.

Meanwhile, Bahria Town, Al-Khidmat Foundation, Falah-e-Insaniyat and other organisations are busy providing relief goods in different areas of Tharparkar district. The desert region in Tharparkar, one of the country's poorest districts, spreads over nearly 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) and is home to some 1.3 million people. Between March 2013 and February this year, rainfall was 30 per cent below usual, according to the government data, with the worst-hit towns of Diplo, Chacro and Islamkot barely touched by a drop of water for months. Life in the desert is closely tied to rain-dependent crops and animals, with farmers relying on beans, wheat, and sesame seeds for survival, bartering surplus in exchange for livestock. Authorities have been busy dispensing food aid and sending medics to attend to the sick following visits by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PPP chairman Bilawal. But observers say the relief work fails to address the root causes of such disasters and warn they are likely to be repeated.