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WHO: El Niño threatening health of 60 million people in developing world

25.01.2016 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) The physical health of 60 million people in developing countries is at risk due to the current El Niño phenomenon, UN Radio says referring to the WHO (World Health Organization) report. As to the report, this weather event has stimulated arising of cholera, malaria, measles and other diseases in Africa, South America and the Pacific. Also, the report contains advises which are to be taken to limit impacts. As to the report, El Niño has caused changing weather patterns across the planet, affecting rainfall and temperature, particularly in tropical regions. For example, it has led to heavy rains and flooding in eastern Africa and extreme drought and water shortages in the Pacific. That has spurred cholera in Tanzania, and increased malnutrition and diarrhoeal diseases in some south-western Pacific countries. As to the report, the WHO has so far received requests for financial support totalling US$76 million from seven high-risk countries: Ethiopia, Lesotho, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. The UN agency expects that more countries will follow suit as they work to provide additional health services, such as increased surveillance and emergency vaccination.

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