UN appeals for $164M to combat Haiti cholera

November 12, 2010 14:23

GENEVA — The United Nations on Friday asked for $164 million to fight the cholera outbreak in Haiti, which has now claimed 724 lives.

A spokeswoman for the UN humanitarian office said unless the funds are provided "all our efforts can be outrun by the epidemic."Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva that UN and non-governmental organizations would use the money to bring in additional doctors, medicines and water purification equipment to treat up to 200,000 people who could be affected by the disease.

She said the disease has so far infected at least 11,125 people in five of Haiti's 10 districts.

Byrs said 10 of the deaths and 278 cases have occurred in the capital Port-au-Prince.

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