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30 Dec 1997 description

GENEVA, Dec 30 (Reuters) - An unidentified disease which may have killed up to 250 people in remote northeastern Kenya and Somalia since October is not a threat to tourists, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.

A localised outbreak is suspected in Somalia, south of Mogadishu, an area also affected by heavy flooding, the United Nations agency said in a statement.

The outbreak in Kenya, near the Somali border, is in a rural area far away from the tourist centres of Nairobi, Mombassa and the national parks, said David Heymann, director of WHO's emerging and other …

19 Nov 1997 description

11:21 AM EST

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Aid agencies helping relief work for flood-stricken Somalia said Wednesday that the country's two main rivers had merged in places, causing floodplains over eight miles wide.

"Our reports say the Juba and Shabelle rivers have merged, flooding huge areas," said Elizabeth Kramer, UNICEF information officer on behalf of the Somalia Inter-Agency Response Coordinator.

16 Nov 1997 description

08:05 a.m. Nov 16, 1997 Eastern

NAIROBI, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Flooded roads halted a food relief convoy trying to reach some of the areas worst affected by floods in southern Somalia on Sunday, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reported.

''The convoy carrying 60 tonnes of food left Mogadishu two days ago, trying to reach Gelib and Jamame, two of the worst-affected areas on the lower Juba river,'' the WFP's Michelle Quintaglie told Reuters in Nairobi.

13 Nov 1997 description

By Mark Dodd

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - At least 448 people have died and more than 150,000 have been displaced as a result of
"catastrophic" floods in southern Somalia, senior aid agency officials say.

Entire food stocks, normally stored underground by Somalis, had been destroyed and at least 10,000 domestic animals had

09 Nov 1997 description

11:26 a.m. Nov 09, 1997 Eastern

NAIROBI, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Floods caused by torrential rains have made up to 800,000 people homeless in southern Somalia, the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF) said on Sunday.

''Unless we get helicopters and boats immediately, instead of saving lives we will be helping to bury the dead,'' Agostino Paganini, UNICEF coordinator of an aid operation for the area, said in a statement in Nairobi.

''People are drowning,'' he said.