At least 17 people including children have died following an outbreak of diarrhoea in the last two weeks in southern Somalia, authorities said on Wednesday.
Hawaadley District Commissioner in the Middle Shabelle region, Ali Mohamed told reporters the situation was yet to be contained by medical authorities in the town since most of them were ill-equipped to handle cases of outbreaks.
Ali said the recent flooding was the main course of the outbreak, saying El Niño weather phenomenon had exposed residents to water borne diseases.
“During the El-Nino period late last year, the Shabelle River burst its banks and now there is a lot of water lying in the village. We have only one hospital in the village with no capacity to handle such situations,” said Mohamed. Read more