19 Jun '17, 6am

As Philippines battle continues, some who fled die in refugee centres

MARAWI CITY, Philippines: Four weeks since fierce fighting broke out in the southern Philippines, some people who fled the battle are dying in over-crowded and unsanitary evacuation centres, health officials say. At least 19 people have died in the centres since fighting between security forces and Islamist militants erupted in Marawi City, said Alinader Minalang, the health director for the Lanao del Sur province. Three hundred cases of diarrhoea have been recorded among the nearly 40,000 people huddled in emergency shelters set up in community halls, gymnasiums and Islamic schools, he said. Many of those who died were elderly and had pre-existing conditions, but at least two of the fatalities were due to diarrhoea. "The cause of the increase in diarrhoea cases is sanitation issues and a lack of sources of potable water," Minalang said. Advertisement Advertisement In the ...

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