More than 2,100 dead and almost 740,000 cases of cholera in Yemen, according to the UN

Cholera outbreak in Yemen has left more than 2,100 dead and almost 740,000 possible cases since it erupted at the end of April, the United Nations said today.

More than half of the cases registered in the country as of September 25 correspond to children, said Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the organization, at his daily press conference.

As he explained, humanitarian organizations have recently launched 250 diarrheal treatment centers and the UN and its partners have trained 600 health workers in this area.

Today, Dujarric said, 27 tons of supplies were transported by air to treat some 300,000 people affected.

Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries, has been plunged into intense armed conflict since March 2015 and is currently suffering from the worst cholera epidemic in the world.

The war confronts the Hutu rebels and their allies and forces loyal to President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, who is supported by a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia.

The conflict has left some 20 million people in need of some form of humanitarian support, with nearly ten million people in dire need, according to UN data.

The organization estimates that some 17 million people, or 60 percent of the country’s population, are currently living in food insecurity.


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