Cholera Emergency Declared in Yemen

Emergency has been declared in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, after a cholera outbreak killed scores of people over the past two weeks.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced that the cholera outbreak had killed at least 184 people since April 27.

More than 11,000 suspected cases of the waterborne disease were reported in the same period in 14 governorates across Yemen.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that is transmitted through contaminated drinking water.

Most sufferers exhibit mild symptoms that can be treated with oral rehydration solution, but the disease can kill within hours in severe cases if not treated with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

This is the second outbreak of cholera in less than a year in war-torn Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country in the grip of a war between government forces, which are backed by an Arab coalition, and Houthi fighters.

More than 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in more than two years of war, which has also destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure.

Sanaa has been worst hit, followed by the surrounding province of Amanat al-Semah, WHO data has shown. Cases have also been reported in other major cities including Hodeidah, Taiz and Aden.

Sanaa is controlled by the armed Houthi movement, which is aligned with Iran and fighting a Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition.