Tanzania: Fear of cholera and floods as Burundi refugees fill camps

| November 30, 2015

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Heavy rains, flooding, and a surge in new arrivals could threaten the lives of more than 110,000 Burundian refugees in overcrowded camps in Tanzania, six aid agencies said last week.

Since the rainy season began, there have been several cases of malaria and diarrhea reported in Nyarugusu, the world’s third largest refugee camp.

The aid agencies said in a statement: “Refugees are arriving in their hundreds every day. Many people are … living in overcrowded mass shelters. Wet floors and cramped conditions mean that the risk of respiratory infections and waterborne diseases is high.”

The agencies also fear a fresh outbreak of cholera, which killed 33 Burundian refugees in May of this year.

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Photo: Refugees from Burundi wash their hands at the Nyarugusu refugee camp in western Tanzania on May 28, 2015.  Credit: Plan International