Wednesday Sep 07, 201105:43 PM GMT
Acute diarrhea kills 25 in Somalia
Wed Sep 7, 2011 4:17PM
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File photo shows a 10-year-old child lies on a cot at a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, while suffering from severe diarrhea and vomit on August 15, 2011.
Diarrhea has killed 25 people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, where combination of poor sanitation conditions, scarcity of safe clean drinking water, and overcrowding has increased cases waterborne diseases, Press TV reports.

The victims, ten women and fifteen children, died on Wednesday in a number of refugee camps in Mogadishu's southern district of Hodan, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The report added that more than 500 cases of acute watery diarrhea have also been confirmed in the area.

According to the World Health Organization, some 75 percent of all cases of highly infectious acute watery diarrhea are among children under the age of five.

Reports say that aid agencies can take food supplies to only a limited number of people affected by the disaster since insecurity hinders efforts in much of the country's south.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since the 1991 overthrow of its former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

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