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Friday, July 10, 2009

Disease and Death Rampant in Sri Lankan Refugee Camps

About 1,400 people are dying every week in a camp set up in Sri Lanka to detain Tamil refugees from the country's civil war, a British newspaper reports.

Quoting senior international aid sources, The Times reported on Friday that the death toll at the Menik Farm would add to concerns that the Sri Lankan government had failed to halt a humanitarian catastrophe.

Most of the deaths are the result of waterborne diseases, particularly diarrhoea, the paper said, quoting a senior relief worker it said spoke on condition of anonymity.

Women, children and the elderly were shoved aside in the scramble for supplies, it said.

link: Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - 'Hundreds dying' in Sri Lanka camp


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