Saturday, May 17, 2008

Red Cross says clean water most urgent need for Myanmar cyclone victims

GENEVA — The International Red Cross says lack of clean water is threatening to become the biggest killer in cyclone-hit Myanmar in the coming days.

Spokesman Thomas Gurtner says hundreds of thousands of cyclone victims must get clean water quickly or risk falling victim to dysentery and other diseases.
Gurtner says food is also an urgent priority.But he notes that it can take weeks to die of starvation, while acute diarrhea can kill within three days.

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