SANAA, Yemen, The death toll of the Cholera epidemic in war-ravaged Yemen has risen to 2,151, since it broke out in late Apr, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

A total of 800,626 people from 22 provinces, out of a total of 23, have been infected, WHO said in a statement.

The death toll has increased by 24, compared with the WHO report a week ago, while suspected cases have risen by 33,102.

Most of the deaths were reported from the northern province of Hajjah, while most of the infected cases were reported from the north-western port province of Hodeidah, on the coast of the Red Sea, both under control of Shiite Houthi rebels.

The International Committee of the Red Cross expected the epidemic to hit one million, by the end of the year.

The war in Yemen, which has lasted for more than two years, has destroyed the bulk of the country’s water and sanitation systems, with more than half of Yemen’s health facilities out of service, and about 15 million people gaining no access to safe water and basic healthcare.

The war has also pushed the country into the brink of famine, with an estimated 385,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, thus putting them at heightened risk of acute watery diarrhea and cholera, according to UN agencies.



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