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Cholera outbreak kills 115 in Yemen (VIDEO)

Cholera outbreak kills 115 in Yemen (VIDEO)Cholera has killed at least 115 people in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, the local Saba news agency said, after authorities on Sunday declared a state of emergency over the outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster.

This is reported by The Guardian.

Sanaa is controlled by the armed Houthi movement, which is aligned with Iran and fighting a western-backed, Saudi-led coalition. More than 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in more than two years of war, which has also destroyed much of the countrys infrastructure.

Only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of the population are without access to safe drinking water, the United Nations has said.

After meeting in Sanaa with UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick and other international officials, the minister called on humanitarian organisations and aid donors to help it avert an unprecedented disaster.

Saba said 8,595 suspected cholera cases were recorded in Sanaa and other Yemeni provinces between 27 April and 13 May, while laboratory-confirmed cases were 213.



The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier put the death toll at 51. It has also said that 7.6 million people in Yemen live in areas at high risk of cholera transmission.
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