Web Desk: Six more infants died in drought-hit Thar on Tuesday, bringing the death toll during the last 72 hours to 13.

According to health officials, the deaths reported in the past three days have led the death toll for the current year to cross the 600-mark a four-year high.

“450 children had lost their lives in 2017, while 479 had passed away in 2016 and 398 in 2015”.

Outbreak of water-borne diseases, malnutrition and other health complications were behind the recent wave of mortalities, said Mithi Civil Hospital doctors.

According to the provincial health secretary, 450 children had lost their lives in 2017, while 479 had passed away in 2016 and 398 in 2015.

Every year 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region.

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