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UN appeals for Haiti cholera aid

The United Nations is asking for £100m 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".

UN and non-governmental organisations would use the money to bring in extra doctors, medicine and water purification equipment to treat up to 200,000 people who could be affected by the disease, Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva.

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

She added that 10 of the deaths and 278 cases have occurred in the capital Port-au-Prince.

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