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Sri Lankan Flooding Caused By Tropical Storm Threatens Increase In Cases Of Dengue, Cholera, Other Water-Borne Diseases

Humanosphere: Tropical storm floods Sri Lanka with increased disease and safety risks
“Torrential rains over the weekend buried Sri Lanka under mudslides and the worst floods since 2003. Although the storm — now Cyclone Mora — has left for Bangladesh, the effects are far from over. Aid agencies are bracing for more possible rains as well as an uptick in dengue, cholera, and other water-borne diseases…” (Lu, 5/30).

New York Times: Floods in Sri Lanka Displace Half a Million
“…The state-run Disaster Management Center on Sunday announced that 151 people had been killed and 112 others were missing. … The authorities estimate that more than 1,800 homes have been damaged and [more than] 442,000 people affected…” (Bastians, 5/28).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Sri Lanka’s flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers
“…Outbreaks of diseases such as dengue fever and cholera, and illnesses like diarrhea and dysentery, are often a threat in the aftermath of floods due to water-logging, say experts…” (Bhalla, 5/29).

U.N. News Centre: Sri Lanka: U.N. agency deploys rapid assessment teams to assist in wake of monsoon floods, landslides
“…Rescue operations led by the Sri Lankan military are continuing and the DMC has already identified an urgent need for drinking water and non-food relief items, including shelter. Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry is also deploying mobile health units and will introduce vector control measures to combat expected outbreaks of mosquito-borne dengue fever, which often follows flooding. Displaced people living in emergency shelters are particularly vulnerable…” (5/30).

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