Sunday 17 December 2017

Cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen kills 115

People are treated for suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen.. (AP/Hani Mohammed)
People are treated for suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen.. (AP/Hani Mohammed)
A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed 115 people over the past two weeks, the UN says.

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed 115 people over the past two weeks, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country says.

Jamie McGoldrick told reporters that another 8,600 people were believed to have been infected, and that medicine was arriving.

But he also urged donor countries to fulfil more than one billion US dollars (£774 million) in aid pledges made in Geneva last month.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015, in a war that has killed more than 10,000 civilians.

The World Health Organisation said last month that fewer than 45% of health facilities in Yemen are now fully functioning, and that the flow of "essential medicines" has fallen by nearly 70%.

Press Association

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