compounded by drought has swept through villages in southern
Somalia, leaving more than 110 people dead in the last two
days, local authorities said Wednesday.
70 people have died of the highly infectious disease in southern
Bay Region's Ufatest commune in the last two days, said commune
chairman Madey Mukhtar Ali.
40 residents of the nearby village of Bulo Addey have died
of the ailment since Tuesday.
authorities in the Bay Region said the search for food and
water amid the three-year drought has weakened thousands of
people, making them vulnerable to the disease, which is spread
by contaminated water.
delegation of mainly businessmen and traditional leaders was
en route to the Bay Region's hard-hit Qansahdhere district
on Wednesday to deliver medicine.
Gov. Mohamed Ali Aden Qalinleh pleaded Wednesday for outside
assistance to stem the epidemic.
aid organizations operate in conflict-ridden Somalia, which
has had no central government since 1991.