Cholera death toll reaches 1,054 in Yemen: WHO

Ma’rib (IINA) � The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the death toll in the cholera outbreak in Yemen has reached 1,054, with the total suspected cases reaching 151,000.

The epidemic has spread fast in 20 out of 22 Yemeni governorates in just seven weeks as of April 27, Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.

Last month, the UN health agency said the number of suspected cases could reach 300,000 in the next six months.

WHO warned that the healthcare system in Yemen is on the verge of collapse as many hospitals have shut down because of the ongoing conflict, saying only 45 percent of them are still operational and they are facing a shortage of supplies and staff.

Two-thirds of the total population, around 19 million, need humanitarian and protection aid. About 10.3 million people are close to famine and 14.5 million lack access to safe drinking water.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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