Cholera adding to woes of Somali refugees in Kenya

A displaced Somali woman with two children after fleeing their home in southern Somalia

An outbreak of cholera has killed one person and is adding to the difficulties that Somali refugees are facing in Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) also says heavy rains and insecurity continue to affect humanitarian efforts in the camp.

Three aid workers were kidnapped more than a month ago from the complex and Kenyan authorities have deployed 100 more police officers in the camp in the last month.

UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic says aid groups are exploring ways to resume full operations, despite security incidents in and around Dadaab.

"The situation has been complicated by an outbreak of cholera in the camps, which is believed to have started among new arrivals who had most likely acquired it in Somalia or en route to Dadaab. Rains and flooding had affected the trucking of water to parts of the camps, and we fear some refugees resorted to using unsafe water from flooded areas. There are now 60 cases in the camps, including 10 laboratory-confirmed cases and one refugee death."Duration: 26"

Meanwhile, UNHCR says high levels of malnutrition have been found among children under the age of five at the Kobe and Hilaweyn refugee camps for Somalis in Ethiopia.

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