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Aid Officials Raise Concerns Of Disease In Wake Of Indian Monsoon Flooding

“Rotting corpses contaminating water sources and poor sanitation amid devastating floods in northern India could lead to a serious outbreak of diseases such as cholera and dysentery, aid groups warned on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. The monsoon floods “have killed at least 822 people in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand and forced tens of thousands from their homes,” and “[o]fficials say the death toll may cross 1,000 and thousands are still reported missing,” the news agency notes. “Aid workers said they were concerned that a combination of heavy rains and corpses lying out in the open would contaminate streams and rivers,” Reuters adds (Bhalla, 6/26).

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