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Monday, September 5, 2011

Cholera claims 98 more lives in Somalia

Via Press TV :

" A Cholera outbreak has killed at least 98 more Somalis and affected 1,200 others seriously in the famine-stricken African country, Press TV reported.

Most of the deaths occurred mainly Bay and Bakol regions in southern Somalia.

Medics say most of the Somali children affected by cholera were between the ages of three and four years.

Relief groups say among the most vulnerable to the drought and famine are children under the age of five.

Drought and famine have affected millions of people across Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

Somalia has been the hardest-hit country in what is being described as the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in 60 years.

According to the United Nations, a quarter of Somalia's 9.9 million population are either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees.

The UN has declared famine in five regions of Somalia and says that the international humanitarian response to the crisis has been insufficient."

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