WHO Report: 2,200 cholera deaths recorded in war torn Yemen since April

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 16 November 2017| 26 Safar 1439

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded at least 2,200 cholera-related deaths in war-torn Yemen since April 27, according to a WHO report released Wednesday.

As of Tuesday (Nov. 14), a whopping 926,187 suspected cases of cholera have been registered countrywide over the same period, the report stated.

According to the UN organization, cholera cases have been reported in 22 out of Yemen’s 23 provinces.

The only part of the country to have remained unaffected by the epidemic is Yemen’s Socotra province, a small four-island archipelago in the Arabian Sea.

Yemen has remained dogged by violence since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia began a devastating air campaign in Yemen aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, more than 3 million Yemenis have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict began, while more than 20 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Source – Anadolu agency