Health authorities report that twenty persons, mostly children have died from a serious case of diarrhoea that hit the Hawadley and the surrounding areas in the Hiran region of Somalia.
Around 50 other persons have been hospitalised, and are receiving treatment, reports say. The reports say the disease is spreading in the small villages outside the town, as the people have no medical centres to treat the diarrhoea patients.
The disease broke out in late January in Bulaburte and Baledweyne, which killed around 30 people, including children and adults displaced by the floods.
More than a million civilians have been driven from their homes since the start of 2022, due to fighting between Somali government forces and Al-Shabaab terrorists. This has triggered a humanitarian crisis.