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08 Jan 1998 description

The flooding in Somalia has so far caused 1,855 deaths. About one million people are still at risk. Diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory infections are widespread. Outbreaks of cholera have been confirmed in Mogadishu, Merca and Kismayo. The UN system, NGOs and bilateral donors are undertaking joint operations for relief and rehabilitation at least until June 1998. To date, $14.3 million has been raised for the flood victims. UNDP is offering logistical support and facilitating the coordination of the operation.