Cholera on the rise in Haiti

A boy carries a bucket of clean water as he leaves the water distribution point in Port au Prince, Haiti

There has been a sharp increase in cholera cases in some areas in Haiti, especially in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the increase may be due in part to the rainy season and flooding.

Tarik Jasarevic from WHO says since the beginning of the outbreak there have been over 34,000 cases of cholera with almost 5,400 deaths.

"In Haiti access to clean water and proper sanitation remains the principle challenge in fighting the epidemic. According to reports from the water and sanitation cluster in camps in Port-au-Prince about a third of the active NGOs (non-governmental organizations) will be closing down their water trucking and sewage removal activities over the next few months because funds are running out."

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