[imagetag: Photo: Getty Images]Over 18,000 cases of cholera have been reported in west Africa's Sierra Leone, and at least 273 people have died in the biggest outbreak since the 1970s, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
The disease broke out in Feburary in the coastal areas and had gone down, Xinhua quoted WHO Control of Epidemic Diseases coordinator William Augusto Perea Caro as saying.
When it picked up again in July, it mainly affected the capital city of Freetown.
The number of newly-reported cases has now dropped to 100 per week from the 2,100 at the peak time, he said.
He said the main causes for the outbreak was the increasing migration to Freetown and lack of water and sanitation systems.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) appealed Thursday for about $2.7 million to help fight the outbreak.
Madras High Court has said if a couple in the right legal age indulge in sexual gratification, it will be considered a valid marriage and they could be termed as husband and wife.
It's just a week for the Amarnath Yatra to begin in Jammu and the Shiv lingam has shrunk to half its size due to rising temperatures.
Life was today partially hit in Bihar during a bandh called by BJP to protest against JD(U) pulling out of NDA with workers of the two parties clashing in the state capital and train services being disrupted in several places.
Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh was evacuated this morning from Kinnaur even as 1700 people remained stranded at various places.
There is no end to the monsoon fury in Uttarakhand with the death toll in floods and landslides touching 40.
Mumbai Police have named BMC officials and a shop-owner in Altaf Manzil among others in connection with the partial collapse of the four-storeyed building in Mumbai.
Mamata Banerjee questioned "yet another" cabinet reshuffle of the UPA government at the centre.