At least 20 people have been confirmed dead in Southern Somalia following an outbreak of cholera, Horseed Media reports.
The outbreak of the epidemic is linked to the shortage of water in the middle Shabelle region with popular river Shabelle drying up.
Most of the people died in the villages of Mandera, Ba’adley and Raqeyle which
Earlier this month, at least five children died of cholera outbreak in the same region with residents complaining lack of assistance from the aid agencies and government.
Residents are worried that the small villages could be just as vulnerable to the outbreak due to lack of sufficient medicines and hospitals in the area.
Cholera, a highly contagious intestinal infection, is transmitted by water soiled by human waste. The disease leads to diarrhoea, dehydration and death if untreated.
Meanwhile, Somalia is facing its worst drought in decades. The humanitarian crisis has hit many regions in Southern, Central and Northern Somalia with many people needing emergency aid.