Haiti cholera outbreak prompts fresh UN aid plea

The UN has appealed for nearly USD 164 M to fight a cholera outbreak in Haiti which has now claimed 724 lives, according to BBC News. UN spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said that unless funds were provided, “all our efforts can be outrun by the epidemic”. She said the disease had so far infected at least 11,125 people in five of Haiti’s 10 districts. Aid agencies are battling to contain cholera in the capital Port-au-Prince, amid fears it will spread through camps housing 1.1m earthquake survivors.

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