This was revealed by Dr Cindy Gaso, who is based at the Veifa’a mission run hospital.
The doctor also revealed that the hospital, which usually caters for the villagers, has also been affected by the flood.
“Sanitation and water will be a major issue,” she said.
“This may go on for at least six months or even a year.
“What is important now is the water supply; pit toilets were over flooded, flowing into the water wells, which causes decontamination.”
Dr Gaso noted that the recovery period will be a long one.