Yemen: Suspected cholera cases cross 1,00,000 mark, more than 700 dead, says WHO

Sanaa: A cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed almost 800 lives and is suspected of sickening about 100,000 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and a Yemeni health official.

Nasser al-Argaly, health undersecretary in the rebel-run government in Sanaa, said on Thursday that more than 96,000 people had been infected and at least 746 had died since late April.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

He blamed the outbreak on the two-year-old Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels. The fighting has damaged infrastructure and caused shortages of medicine.

The WHO said the number of suspected cholera cases had risen to 101,820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June. In a joint statement with unicef, it said that children under the age of 15 account for 46 percent of the cases.

"The cholera outbreak is making a bad situation for children drastically worse. Many of the children who have died from the disease were also acutely malnourished," said Dr Meritxell Relano, unicef's representative in Yemen.

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.

They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition.

Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 07:49 AM

Also Watch

IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore eye revival against Chennai Super Kings as 'Cauvery Derby' comes back to life
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 In the Kanjarbhat community, a campaign against 'virginity tests' is slowly gaining ground
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 It's A Wrap: Beyond the Clouds stars Ishaan Khatter, Malavika Mohanan in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See