In a joint statement from UNICEF and WHO last week, officials said, “The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.”
During the past two months, 218,798 suspected cholera cases and 1,400 deaths have been reported in 87 percent (20/23) of Yemen governorates, and 86 percent (285/333) of the districts.
“This deadly cholera outbreak is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict. Collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread. Rising rates of malnutrition have weakened children’s health and made them more vulnerable to disease”, UN officials said.
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