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NEWS: Water in Iraq Causing Typhoid and Hepatitis E

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posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 08:31 PM
Temperatures reaching at least 115 degrees have people in Iraq drinking sewage tainted water. These diseases have always been a problem for Iraq, but since the U.S. led invasion it has gotten worse. At least 4 people have died from typhoid so far this summer.

BAGHDAD The price of bicycle pumps has more than quadrupled in Sadr City, for reasons that have nothing to do with cycling. Residents of Baghdad's worst slum use them to coax water from the district's battered supply lines. It's either that or use their mouths as though they're siphoning gas.

But there's a problem the water is making them sick.

Typhoid and hepatitis E are running rampant through Sadr City this summer, as residents rely heavily on a sewage-tainted water supply to endure temperatures of 115 degrees and up. The outbreak has strained local healthcare facilities and left Health Ministry officials able to only guess at the scope of the problem.

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Broken water lines are allowing raw sewage to get into the regular water supply. Witnesses are reporting that when they turn their home faucets on the water has a "foul odor and threads of human waste."

It will take 9 months for a project to bring 33 million gallons of clean water to Sadr City, Iraq, helping very little with the citizens suffering now.

[edit on 8-4-2004 by Valhall]

posted on Aug, 5 2004 @ 04:18 AM
Wow I'm sure the Iraqis will love the US occupiers even more now. At least they had clean water under Saddam, he didn't drop bombs on the civilians either.

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