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Floods wreak havoc in East Africa

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:464
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    After years of drought torrential rainfall in the Ethiopian highlands has caused widespread flooding, displacing tens of thousands of people and bringing epidemics of waterborne disease in its wake.

    Last week the development agency ActionAid said that more than 600 people had died and warned of outbreaks of diseases such as malaria, cholera, and diarrhoea because of “poor sanitation and overcrowding in makeshift shelters.”

    The agency reported, “Although the level of the water appears to be receding in the town of Dire Dawa [in Ethiopia's eastern highlands], the death toll could rise substantially in the …

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