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Cholera has already claimed more than 1,100 people in Yemen

The cholera epidemic in Yemen has already cost at least 1,146 people. About 167,000 others are infected, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced. Only in recent weeks, 187 suffered sick lives.

Especially in the provinces of Hajjah, Amran and Hodeida and in the capital Sanaa, the disease is raging. Cases have been recorded in 20 of the 22 provinces. In the whole area affected by the epidemic, a total of 7.6 million people live, according to the WHO.

The cholera epidemic in Yemen broke out in October last year. The country, due to the civil war that began in 2014, has major shortages of proper drinking water. The bacterial infectious disease, usually transmitted by contaminated water or food, causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, but also leads to dehydration and can lead to untreated death. Especially children, the elderly and the sick are vulnerable to the disease.

The Yemeni war has been raging since September 2014. The Houthi rebels, supported by supporters of ex-president Ali Abdallah Saleh, are fighting militarily for current President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi. Since March 2015, a coalition of Sunni countries under the leadership of Saudi Arabia has also blended into the conflict that is taking air attacks on the Houthi’s.

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