DRC cholera death toll doubles

drc-choleraFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE deadly cholera is wreaking havoc in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the number of cases and deaths doubling from last year.

More than 22 000 cases have been reported, including more than 5 500 involving children.

To date, there are 646 deaths to count.

Along the River Congo 660 000 people are at risk, including more than 316 000 children.

The country faces high rates of cholera in endemic areas in the volatile eastern part of the country as well as the west.

United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has warned the situation is worsening with the onset of the rainy season.

The disease is likely to spread to the capital Kinshasa with a population over 11 million residents.

Unicef pointed out necessary funds must be made available to curb the spread.

Regrettably, of the US$14 million (R200 million) the agency requires, only $4 million is available.
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