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Cholera kills 250 in Cameroon

May 16, 2011
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YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon — A cholera outbreak has killed more than 250 in Cameroon’s capital city Yaoundé, AlertNet reported.

According to officials, abnormal rainfall triggered floods in the area, which contaminated drinking water wells, the article stated.

“Heavy rains that started very unusually in February this year have caused floods in some quarters like Biyemassi, Mendong, Carriere and Obili, where many cases of the cholera epidemic have been reported,” said Ntsimi Evouna, government delegate to Yaoundé city council.

Andre Mama Fouda, Cameroon’s public health minister, said access to potable water is inadequate in Yaoundé, with only around 65,000 of more than 2 million inhabitants able to use a public water facility.

To remedy this, the government has decided to provide public taps in every neighborhood of the city by next year, according to the story.

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