THARPARKAR - At least five more children died of malnutrition in Mithi Hospital, mounting the overall death toll from famine to 194 in Tharparkar district of Sindh.

According to details, six-year-old Farman, three-year-old Naveed and Bhagwan died in Mithi while another child died in Chahchro area on Monday. Meanwhile, 71 children are undergoing treatment in different hospitals of Tharparkar. Reports say that exodus is also underway as aid activities are facing delay for various reasons. According to sources, fodder for cattle is kept in godowns and the distribution has yet not started. Earlier, several locals of Tharparkar also staged protests. The protesters accused the feudal lords of distributing the aid to their own people.

The demonstrators also told that neither the government official nor any private organisation has approached them so far.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Sharjeel Memon on Monday said that the aid announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the drought-affected residents of Thar had not been disbursed.

During his visit to Thar, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced Rs 1 billion in Federal aid for the drought-affected people. Sharjeel said that 90 per cent of the population from Cholistan had migrated because of famine.

Earlier, while speaking to reporters outside the Sindh Assembly, Sharjeel Memon said he would neither confirm nor deny news relating to the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) joining the Sindh government. Memon said those accused who had confessed to committing murders had been transferred to other jails and he considered them terrorists.

He said that police and Rangers had arrested several terrorists and cases had been registered against them.

According to Memon there would be no compromise on the transfer of prisoners from Karachi jails.