Friday Nov 11, 201112:28 PM GMT
Cholera claims 87 more lives in Somalia
Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:30PM
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Geediyo Mohamed Abdi, a displaced Somali mother, sits next to her sick children in Banadir hospital in Mogadishu on August 14, 2011. (file photo)
Cholera has killed 87 more lives in lawless Somalia, where cases of waterborne diseases have increased due to unhygienic living conditions, Press TV reported.

Medical sources told Press TV that the victims died within the past 24 hours in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu and Afgooye town, which is located in the Shabeellaha Hoose region of southern Somalia and about 25 kilometers (16 miles) west of Mogadishu.

Somali doctors also warned that more than 1,479 people, mostly women and children, are suffering from cholera and other waterborne diseases in Mogadishu and Afgooye town.

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.

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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