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Monday, 22 December, 1997, 17:46 GMT
Aid agencies worried about Somalia cholera

International aid agencies working in Somalia have again expressed concern about the risk of cholera, after weeks of devastating floods.

The Red Cross says sixty-five people have died in the past week in the capital, Mogadishu, and in the neighbouring town of Afgoie.

Although there are clinics, the Red Cross says the death rate for cholera in Somalia is twenty per-cent -- much higher than elsewhere in Africa.

A BBC correspondent in Mogadishu says that the rains are now ending, but there are still puddles of water everywhere and children swim and paddle through them, exposing themselves to disease.

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