Yemen faces world's worst cholera outbreak, UN warns

Yemeni children infected with cholera receive treatment at Sabaeen Hospital in Sanaa, on June 13, 2017. (AFP)

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned.

The World Health Organization said on Saturday there are more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in 20 Yemeni provinces.

The WHO said via its Twitter account that the number of those killed by the epidemic increased to 1,310, adding that 54 died of the disease in one day.

Hajjah in northwest of Yemen has suffered most from the epidemic followed by Ibb, Hodeida and Sanaa. All these provinces are controlled by Houthi militias.

The epidemic has also spread in Taiz, southwest of Yemen, which is a conflict zone as there are continuous armed confrontations between the national army and resistance forces and the Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

These forces have besieged Taiz for more than two years now and they randomly shell the city’s neighborhoods and rural areas.

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