Disease risk in Sri Lanka war zone: Red Cross

[AFP]

Tens of thousands of people trapped by fighting in Sri Lanka’s north are facing serious risks of disease due to shortages of clean water and sanitation, the Red Cross said Tuesday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the humanitarian situation was deteriorating fast as civilians still living in the rebel-held territory endured daily attacks and an increased danger of epidemics. “The area is affected by shelling every day, and the cramped conditions and the lack of water and proper sanitation are putting people at risk,” it said in a statement.

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