Kyrgyzstan crisis could affect up to one million people: WHO

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The World Health Organisation said Friday that it was working on a worst-case estimate that the crisis in Kyrgyzstan could affect up to one million people, 300,000 of whom could be refugees.

"We are working with a planning figure of one million people that have been directly or indirectly affected by this event -- 300,000 of them ... refugees," said Giuseppe Annunziata, WHO coordinator for emergency programme support.

The UN health agency official confirmed when asked that the figures were a "worst-case scenario" and that the remaining 700,000 are people who could be displaced within Kyrgyzstan by the conflict.

© 2010 AFP

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