… As 14 children die from viral flu in Sri Lanka***
At least five people have been killed and 1,400 houses destroyed as strong cyclone storm swept across Myanmar over the last two days, the local 7Day Daily reported on Thursday.
Of them, one person was knocked to death by fallen trees, two people by electric shock in Manaung township and other two people died in vessel capsize in Bokale township.
The deep tropical depression occurred over parts of the Bay of Bengal and the cyclone swept across areas between Kyaukphyu and Manaung, coastal area of the country’s Rakhne state with maximum wind speed to 45-60 miles per hour.
Townships in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, Bago, Magway, Sagaing regions, Mon, Kayin, Shan and Rakhine states were affected by the cyclone storm with heavy rainfall.
Temporary shelters were being set up to accommodate the homeless victims with aid provided.
According to a statement of the country’s Meteorology and Hydrology Department, the depression has been weakening since on Wednesday.
In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s Health Officials on Thursday said 14 children had died from a viral fever which was spreading in Southern Sri Lanka.
They urged the public to take safety health measures to prevent its spread.
Director of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in southern Sri Lanka, Dr Jayampathi Senanayake told Xinhua that out of the 14 deaths, 13 were reported in Karapitiya while one was reported in Colombo.
All children who had died were below 2 years of age.
According to doctors, the symptoms of the virus included fever, cough, cold and headache.
The patients then developed breathing problems which led to pneumonia.
Health officials at the Karapitiya Hospital said that at present 49 patients were admitted at the hospital, with the suspected viral fever.
Out of the 49, 4 were adults while the remaining were children
None of the patients were in a serious condition.
According to Dr Senanayake, the hospital had taken all precautionary measures to curb the spread of the viral flu.
He, however, urged the public to seek immediate medical attention if they develop a fever.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had earlier instructed health authorities to take immediate measures to control the spread of the viral flu.
Health officials earlier declared that the viral flu was caused by the Influenza and Adino viruses and affected children who are less than two years old.