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Cholera Claims 53 Lives in South Somalia


At least 53 people have died of cholera in the drought-hit southern Somali region of Bay in the past three days.

The governor of Bay Mohamed Ali Aden Qalinleh on Wednesday described the situation in his region as disastrous for the combination of drought and cholera epidemic.

The worst affected districts in the region are Dinsor and Qansahdhereh where the people are now falling for the disease in their hundreds.

According to local health authorities, 31 people mainly children have died of cholera in Dinsor district and its surrounding villages in the past three days alone.

In Qansahdhereh district, about 60 kilometers north of Dinsor district, more than 22 people have died for the disease district since last Sunday. Hundreds of patients have been admitted to the quarantine facilities.

The disease has been rampant especially among the weak people since the beginning of this week.

Qalinleh said in a telephone interview with Xinhua in Baidoa town on Wednesday that he had been alarmed by the rapid spread of the disease in Bay region.

Qalinleh said that considerable anti-cholera supplies have been taken to the affected districts and new quarantine facilities have been opened.

He said lack of water is a major problem in the region owing to the prolonged drought.


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