Monday, 6 August 2012

Hundreds Of Thousands-Overcrowded Camps-Face Disease-India

Fleeing violence, India's displaced face disease, death in camps

GUWAHATI, India, Aug 6 (AlertNet) - Hundreds of thousands of people sheltering in squalid, overcrowded camps in India's northeast desperately need food, water and medicines after fleeing some of the worst communal violence in a decade, officials and aid workers said on Monday. At least 12 people, including four children, have died and thousands are sick with diseases such as diahorrea and malaria caused by poor conditions in government-run camps in Assam state, where up to 400,000 people have taken refuge. "We are in a state of high alert," said Assam's Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. ... read more..

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