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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Oh, no, as if they're not having a bad enough time of it

Cholera confirmed in flood-ravaged Pakistan: River Indus is now more than 15 miles wide in places
A case of the deadly, waterborne disease cholera has been confirmed in Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest and aid workers expect it is not isolated, the U.N. said Saturday.

The chilling discovery underscores the latest threat to the millions whose lives have been disrupted by the crisis and came as new flood surges hit the south.

In a press conference Saturday, Pakistan's Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani said that so far 1,384 people were known to have died, with more than 1,000 of those in the country's northwest.

He added that more than 1,600 had been injured with some 20 million people affected. Aid workers have warned that diseases spread in the aftermath could raise the death toll.
Cholera is a real threat whenever you have contaminated water. Modern sanitation goes a long way to prevent it, but in a case where you have major flooding and people homeless and in the midst of a major natural disaster, sanitation goes out the window, it could spread quickly, killing more than the floods.

My prayers are with the people in Pakistan.

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