Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Diarrhoea detected after heavy flooding in North West

The Greater Taung Municipality in North West has identified at least 15 cases of diarrhoea in eleven villages, following heavy flooding. Mayor Boitumelo Mahlangu says 30 villages have been hit by heavy rain. She says all roads have been washed away and low-lying bridges are inaccessible. But two helicopters are being used to assist sick people and to deliver food, blankets and tents. North West spokesperson Dineo Thatelo said that one newborn infant died after the mother gave birth at home and couldn’t reach help. More than a thousand families have been left homeless and many of them spent the night in the Taung Sports Stadium.

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