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15 August 2010 :: 14:08:09 pm 35373

Deadly Cholera Outbreak Feared in Pakistani Flood Regions

Hundreds of thousands of lives are at risk from an outbreak of Cholera among Pakistan flood victims say the World Health Organization.
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Pakistan 15th August 2010:  As many as 300,000 people are in at risk of contracting the disease Cholera with up to seven million at risk of diarrhea say the WHO, with the acting director of the US department for foreign disaster assistance saying that although Cholera is unavoidable, it is controllable.

The World Health Organization was praised for their system to quickly detect any cases of Cholera or other waterborne diseases that is common with flooding. “When dealing with this much water and so many people, Cholera is unavoidable”, said Mr. Ward the acting director of the US department for foreign disasters.

Cholera, a bacterial intestinal infection that is spread through drinking of contaminated water which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration that can be fatal. One case of cholera has already been confirmed by the UN and it is believed there will be many more.

According to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a televised address to the nation, further rainfall in South Pakistan has pushed the number of homelessness to 20 million, but he was unclear of how many people were forced to leave their homes and how many had lost their houses altogether. Up to 1,600 people are known to have died in the disaster.

“Fresh floods have swelled the River Indus which is now a threat to nearby cities, towns and villages in southern Sindh province”, said Mohammed Ajmal Shad, a senior meteorologist.  The River Indus is already more than 15 miles wide in some places, 25 times wider than normal monsoon seasons.

Authorities are trying to evacuate in Jacobabad, Hyderabad, Thatta, Ghotki, Larkana and other areas in Sindh province that so far escaped floods. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to visit some of the worst-hit areas, while more US helicopters have joined in the food aid, assigning the aircraft from the USS Peleliu in the Arabian Sea.

Reggie Colbeck

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