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State of emergency in Yemen’s capital as cholera kills 115 people

Health ministry in Sanaa calls on aid donors to help prevent an unprecedented tragedy, as two-thirds of specific populations lack safe drinking water

Cholera has killed at least 115 people in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, the neighbourhood Saba news agency replied, after powers on Sunday said a commonwealth of emergency over the outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster.

Sanaa is controlled by the armed Houthi movement, which is aligned with Iran and opposing a western-backed, Saudi-led alliance. More than 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in more than two years of conflict, which has also destroyed much of the countrys infrastructure.

Only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of specific populations are without access to safe drinking water, the United Commonwealth has told us.

What is happening today outstrips the capabilities of any health health system, so how is impossible to[ coping] when we are in these difficult and complicated circumstances? Saba quoted the Houthi-run administrations health official Mohammed Salem bin Hafeedh as saying.

After meeting in Sanaa with UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick and other international officials, the minister called on humanitarian organisations and aid donors to help it avert an unprecedented disaster.

He recommended donor countries to fulfil more than$ 1bn( 775 m) in aid pledges constructed in Geneva in April.

Saba replied 8,595 supposed cholera instances were are available in Sanaa and other Yemeni districts between 27 April and 13 May, while laboratory-confirmed instances were 213.

The World Health Organization( WHO) earlier put the death toll at 51. It has also said that 7.6 million people in Yemen live in areas at high risk of cholera transmission.

A cholera epidemic late last year slowly slaked but outbreaks are becoming more frequent.

Sanaa has been worst hitting, followed by the surrounding district of Amanat al-Semah, WHO data demonstrates how. Lawsuits have also been reported in other large metropolitans including Hodeidah, Taiz and Aden.

The World Health Organization 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 practically 70%.

An estimated 17 million of Yemens 26 million population lack sufficient food and at the least 3 million malnourished children are in tomb jeopardy, the UN has also said.

Yemen is one of four countries at risk of, or experiencing, famine. In February, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, with warns for Nigeria and Somalia.

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