Kabul fears outbreak of cholera

Associated Press

Kabul, June 15:

Authorities said today they are rushing to chlorinate hundreds of wells across the Afghan capital, amid fears the city of four million where sewage fills roadside ditches and mixes with many people’s drinking water was on the verge of a cholera epidemic.

The waterborne disease has killed 8-9 people and is suspected of infecting more than 2,000, according to an international epidemiologist, Fred Hartman, who works on a US-supported health project.

However, the government said the death toll was lower and there was no reason to panic.