Minor cholera breaks out in quake-hit NE Myanmar

09:44, April 06, 2011      

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Cholera has broken out in quake-hit areas in Shan state, Myanmar's northeast, affecting 96 people, according to a local weekly Tuesday.

Of them, 48 people were in serious condition due to consumption of unclean drinking water and unhygienic toilet system in the region, the Messenger News said.

Due to a recent deadly earthquake that hit Myanmar's northeast, water supply pipes were destroyed and water in the lake was contaminated with waste emitting bad smell.

Myanmar authorities are carrying out relief work in the quake- hit areas, while the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is providing water purifying tablets and toilet pipes.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Loimwe, 56 kilometers southeast of Kengtung in northeastern Myanmar on March 24 night, killing 73 people and injuring 125 others according to official estimation.

A total of 225 residential houses, 11 monasteries and 9 government department buildings were also officially reported to have been destroyed in the mainly affected areas of Tachileik, Tarlay, Naryaung, Kyatkuni and Monglin.

Source: Xinhua
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