At least fifty people have died from Cholera in Patna, the flood stricken capital of India's north-eastern Bihar State.
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Background: At least fifty people have died from Cholera in Patna, the flood stricken capital of India's north-eastern Bihar State.
Relief operations were continuing round-the-clock on Wednesday (3 September) but health officials were fighting a losing battle against disease.
It's believed that almost 5,000 people have either cholera or gastritis. The city depends entirely on relief supplies to keep going, and although distribution problems have eased with the dropping of flood levels, there are still 75,000 people living in flooded parts of the city.
Seventeen people have already been officially reported killed in the floods which have raged since the Ganges River broke its banks some 10 days ago.
More than a million people in the Patna district have been affected by the floods and at one stage the entire city was flooded with water -- in some areas it was up to 10 feet (3 metres) deep.
Drinking water is scare and health officials believe it will be up to two weeks before the situation improves.
The sprawling city has been reduced to a vast, stinking lake in which the carcasses of cattle and pigs float about .. together with the occasional bloated corpse.
The Bihar Government has now announced that a commission will investigate the causes of the flood.