|Date: Oct 3, 2018|
|Source: The Daily Star|
|Suspected cholera cases soar in Yemen’s Hudaida: NGO|
|Agence France Presse|
DUBAI: Suspected cholera cases have nearly tripled in the past three months in Hudaida, the Yemeni port city on the front line between a pro-government alliance and rebels, Save the Children said Tuesday.
“Health facilities supported by Save the Children across [Hudaida] governorate recorded a 170 percent increase in the number of suspected cholera cases, from 497 in June to 1,342 in August,” a report by the London-based NGO said.
In late July, “airstrikes resulted in the damage of a sanitation facility and water station that supplies Hudaida with most of its water,” the report said.
“After this incident, suspected cholera cases almost doubled” between July and August in health centers which are supported by the NGO, it said.
The United Nations and World Health Organization have warned Yemen faces a third cholera epidemic as autumn rains have increased the risk of infection.
Yemen has already been hit by two major cholera outbreaks in the past two years.
The WHO says 2,451 people have died of cholera across Yemen since April 2017, while more than a million suspected cases were reported during the same period.
More than 120,000 suspected cases were reported between January and mid-August 2018, according to the U.N., as a pro-government military coalition led by Saudi Arabia battles Iran-backed Houthi rebels.