Friday, September 30, 2011

75 die of hunger, cholera in Somalia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:19PM GMT
At least another 75 children have died from severe malnutrition and cholera in south Somalia, leaving thousands of women and children at risk in the region, Press TV reports.

The victims died in the Gedo region of south Somalia, while thousands of people are fleeing their homes in search of drinking water and food.

Medical sources told Press TV that high food prices and the ongoing violence which is taking place in the conflict-plagued nation contribute to putting the people at higher risks, while the people also lack proper access to medical centers and shelters.

According to medics, the number of deaths has been increasing in the past 48 hours.

Doctors in Mogadishu hospitals say that overcrowding at the camps has been the main challenge to health workers.

The UN agency also pointed out that food deliveries have reached some 1.85 million people as of last week. The figure is almost half of those in need.

According to the United Nations, drought, high food prices and fighting in Somalia have increased the number of those in need of humanitarian assistance across the Horn of Africa to 13.3 million.


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