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13 die of cholera in S. Philippines.

MANILA, Oct. 30 Kyodo

At least 13 people, including six children, have died in a cholera outbreak on a remote island off Basilan Province in the southern Philippines, a provincial government spokesman said Wednesday.

Spokesman Cris Puno said at least 20 others were struck by the highly infectious disease in the village of Tung Amus on Tapiantana island.

''There's a breakout of the disease and we badly need medicines and doctors,'' Puno said.

Basilan Gov. Wahab Akbar on Wednesday appealed for more medicines and food to be sent to Tapiantana, a small island with a population of about 3,000, mostly coconut farmers and fishermen.

Puno said Tapiantana has no potable water system or electricity. ''This is our problem in Basilan. Many of our islands and villages are underdeveloped. We lack many things such as health clinics and schools and other basic necessities.''

Basilan, one the country's poorest provinces, is a known stronghold of Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines.
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