This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation. The Red Cross of Chad will, however, accept direct assistance to provide support to the affected population.
Since early August 2011, the town of Mongo, an area located 510 km east of the capital N’Djamena experienced heavy rains. As a result of these heavy rains, the vulnerable population surrounding the town—having poor access to potable water and sanitation facilities, experienced an outbreak of diarrhoea cases. Results from the regional laboratory examination did not permit precise identification of the disease, and therefore declared it simply as gastroenteritis. However on 12 August, the regional branch of the Epidemiological Surveillance Service took a sample and sent it to the national laboratory in the capital N’Djamena which confirmed it as cholera epidemic. From 09 to 17 August, a total of 152 cases were admitted at the regional hospital of Mongo, out of which 7 deaths were recorded. Moreover, volunteers from the committee of the affected area registered 19 deaths, out of which 9 persons were from the same family.