Nigeria cholera outbreak kills 175

Updated: Nov 13, 2018, 09:54 IST | Agencies

Nigeria has seen regular cholera outbreaks since Boko Haram took up arms against the government in 2009

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Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday.

The humanitarian group said 10,000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as of November 2018.

"One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services," said Janet Cherono, the NRC's programme manager in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.

"The rainy season has also worsened the conditions. If more land is not provided for camp decongestion and construction of health facilities, Nigeria is steering towards yet another cholera outbreak in 2019." The country has seen regular cholera outbreaks since Boko Haram took up arms against the government in 2009.

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No. of people affected by the outbreak

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