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Friday, 18 May, 2001, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
UN says heat killing Afghan refugees

The United Nations says more than 25 Afghan children have died of heatstroke and dehydration during the past two weeks in the makeshift Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar in north-west Pakistan.

A spokesman for the UN refugee agency said temperatures of more than 45 degrees Celsius and poor sanitary conditions were taking their toll.

This, combined with overcrowding, was making life unbearable for people in Jalozai and raising fears of epidemics.

The spokesman said the UNHCR and other agencies were intensifying efforts to improve conditions bringing in more medicines and water, but efforts were falling far short of need.

An estimated 70,000 Afghans fleeing drought and conflict have been camping in Jalozai since mid-January.

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