The death toll from an outbreak of cholera
reached 23 in the mid-western districts of Nepal, local media
Officials said it had reached epidemic proportions in Nepalganj,
300 kilometres south-west of Kathmandu, where seven people had died
and several hundred were hospitalized, Republica newspaper reported.
State-run Nepal Television said many victims had not received
treatment due to lack of space in hospitals.
Cholera was detected in 14 out of 21 samples from Nepalganj,
according to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division. Schools
were closed for for three days.
Five people have died of diarrhoea-related causes in mid-western
Jajarkot district, health officials said. Some 200 people died of
similar illnesses in the district last year.