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Cholera, hunger kills 30 more in Somalia
Wed Nov 2, 2011 1:41PM
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A malnourished child rests inside the pediatric ward at the Banadir hospital in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. (file photo)
Cholera and severe malnutrition have claimed 30 more lives in Somalia as the conflict-plagued nation struggles against drought and famine, Press TV reported.


Medical sources told Press TV that the victims died on Wednesday morning in the Bay region of southern Somalia.

Hundreds of people, suffering from cholera and waterborne diseases, were also taken to local hospitals for medical treatment.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on September 28 that the humanitarian situation remains "highly critical" in Somalia.

"The situation in Somalia remains highly critical. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis are still displaced from their homes in search of security and food," the ICRC said in a statement.

The Geneva-based humanitarian institution added, "Although humanitarian aid has started to reach the drought- and conflict-affected people, many are still struggling to survive."

“Much of the livestock has been decimated and there is no hope for an improvement in the situation until the next harvest in December," it added.

Meanwhile, 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.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia remains one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world.

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