Cholera, measles and floods hit Somalia

severe flooding affected the displaced Somalis

Cholera, measles and floods have hit Somalia, a country which is already reeling from drought, conflict, and famine.

More than 2,000 cases of cholera have been reported and 66 people have died from the disease, which is caused by contaminated water.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has sent health treatment kits.

Tarik Jasarevic is WHO spokesman in Geneva.

"During the first two weeks of October, 2,810 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) with 66 related deaths were reported in the South and central zone. On October 18, a WHO team collected 34 stool samples from Acute Watery Diarrhoea cases in several facilities in Mogadishu. Of all the samples 15 or 44% tested positive for Vibrio cholera."

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Meanwhile, more than 237 cases of measles have been reported in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia.

At the same time, thousands of displaced people in Somalia have been affected by heavy rains and flooding which have hit the Horn of Africa.

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