Wednesday Sep 21, 201112:16 PM GMT
Cholera claims 30 new victims in Somalia
Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:18PM
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File photo shows an internally displaced man carrying his son, who is suffering from cholera, into the pediatric ward at the Banadir hospital in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, on August 25, 2011.
Cholera has killed 30 more children in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, where cases of waterborne diseases have increased due to unhygienic living conditions, Press TV reported.

The victims died within the last 24 hours in Mogadishu's southern districts of Hawlwadig and Harayale , a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday.

More than 700 people, suffering from cholera and waterborne diseases, also flocked hospitals in southern Mogadishu to get some medication.

A combination of poor sanitation conditions, scarcity of safe and clean drinking water, and overcrowding has led to the spread of waterborne diseases in Mogadishu.

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

Cholera is confirmed in Banadir, Bay, Mudug and Lower Shabelle regions of Somalia, and the number of acute diarrhea cases has increased dramatically in the last few months.

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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