Cholera spreads to nine provinces in DR Congo

child afflicted by cholera

Cholera has spread to nine out of 11 provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO says that there have been 124 cases of cholera and five deaths from the disease in Bas-Congo.

Meanwhile, the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) is warning that the lack of access to potable water remains the single most important cause of the recurrent cholera outbreaks in the country.

It says that in the city of Bunia, where 71 cases of cholera have been reported, more than 100,000 people have not had access to potable water since the beginning of the year.

The only two provinces which have not been affected by the cholera outbreak are Western Kasai and Eastern Kasai, says OCHA.

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