Cholera outbreak in Yemen kills at least 800 people; 1,00,000 more suspected  
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 09-Jun-2017

Sanaa, June 9: An outbreak of cholera in Yemen is worsening day by day as the dangerous disease killed over 800 people in a time period of two months. However, the suspected patients of the disease had reached up to 1,00,000. Notably, Yemen’s major parts are suffering from Cholera since the month of April this year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday revealed shocking data that the cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed over 800 people in a time period of two months. “The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 100,000,” WHO added in its report.

The WHO has also warned that the number of cases could hit 300,000, but the daily number of new ones declined slightly in the week to June 5 to 3,432, compared with 3,651 in the previous seven-day period. WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said, "To date, 101,820 suspected cholera cases and 789 deaths have been reported in 19 governorates."

The international community has come forward to provide aid to cholera hit Yemen but still not efficient as the numbers of patients are increasing effectively. Yemeni medical officials said an aid flight from the United Arab Emirates carrying 50 tons of cholera treatments arrived in the southern city of Aden, which is controlled by government forces.

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.

Interestingly, an epidemic late last year faded but outbreaks are frequent and made worse by the degrading of health and sanitation systems by more than two years of civil war that has also killed at least 10,000 people and displaced millions.