MANILA (Mabuhay) – Some evacuees caught in the middle of the military’s all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao are suffering from various diseases such as diarrhea, fever, and coughs and colds, a television report said Thursday.
The diseases are caused by lack of clean toilets and potable water.
Data from the Integrated Provincial Health Office there said nearly 400 children aged five and below are suffering from coughs and colds. Five of them have been diagnosed with pneumonia.
Aside from them, more than 20 children have diarrhea.
Among adults, some suffer from stomach and body aches, as well as hypertension because of lack of space and ventilation inside the evacuation centers.
Some of them have been taken to the hospital.
The Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (HEART), the region’s relief arm, reported that 8,130 families or 30,130 individuals had been displaced by the military offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as of Monday.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier said it will end its all-out offensive against the BIFF, a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, on Wednesday.
The all-out offensive stemmed from the Mamasapano clash last January 25, where 44 police commandos, 18 MILF members, and five civilians were killed after an operation against wanted international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman. (MNS)