Published: Monday 31 August 1998

Since April, more than 500 people in Nepal have died, reportedly due to infectious diseases. This has been happening in the remote villages, particularly in northern Nepal. More than 20,000 people in 35 districts are affected by acute respiratory infections, pneumonia and measles. According to the director general of the health department, poverty, unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation, and ignorance, are the causes of these diseases.

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