Sanaa, June 19: An outbreak of cholera in Yemen has brought a disaster as over 1100 people killed in a time period of just three months. However, the suspected patients of the disease have reached up to 1,58,960. Yemen’s major parts are suffering from Cholera since the month of April this year. On the other side, militants in Yemen have detained and looted more than 63 relief vessels packed with aid provided by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
In a Twitter post, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday revealed a data which was more shocking as due to Cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed over 1100 people in a time period of two and half months. 1,58,960 suspected cases of cholera have been registered across the country since April 27. However, the number of suspected cholera cases has increased by 24,000 since Thursday.
Yemeni minister of local administration and president of the Supreme Committee of Relief Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said, militants detained and looted more than 63 relief vessels packed with aid provided by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. He also said in a statement that more than 550 relief convoys have been looted by militants in the entrances to the provinces under their control, which caused the deterioration and aggravation of the local humanitarian situation.
The Yemeni official added that the militants controlling ports of Hodeidah have become a concern for the international community and a threat to international shipping, especially given that ships carrying humanitarian aid and relief were targeted. The last vessel targeted was a UAE ship carrying medical aid.
Yemen’s capital Sanaa is worst hit by cholera epidemic with 34.6 percent of the cases, followed by the surrounding province with 12 percent, the data showed. Cases were also reported in Yemen's other major cities too which includes Hodeidah, Hajjah, Ibb, Taiz and Aden.
Earlier, the United Nation has called Yemen "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world" and on the other side World Health Organization classified Yemen as one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world alongside Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq. According to UN officials, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 percent of the country’s population has been displaced as a direct result of the conflict.