NEW YORK, The UN announced that USD 55 million was needed to prevent and treat cholera at the national, governorate and community level in Yemen over the next six months.

UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick, said that cholera is spreading at an unprecedented rate throughout Yemen.

"In the past three weeks, health authorities have reported over 35,500 suspected cholera cases, a third of which are children, and 361 deaths in 19 of Yemen's 22 governorates," he confirmed.

Dujarric told the press that McGoldrick called on members states to provide financial and political support to help avert an additional and devastating blow to Yemen, where 17 million people are already food insecure, including seven million people facing potential famine and 462,000 children in the grip of acute malnutrition.

The speed at which cholera is spreading among the population exceeds the capacity of the health system to respond, given its weakened state after more than two years of conflict, import restrictions and the lack of regular salary payments to health workers.

Hundreds of thousands of people are at a greater risk of dying as they face the "triple threat" of conflict, starvation and cholera, he added.



ISLAMABAD, May 26 (NNN-KUNA) -- At least 13 Afghan soldiers have been killed and eight others wounded during a clash with Taliban rebels in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, said officials on Thursday.

Provincial Governor's spokesman, Samim Khpalwak told media that the clash took place when hundreds of Taliban rebels stormed army posts in the Jagram area of Maiwand district.

He added that the gun battle continued for several hours and Taliban faced strong retaliation from the security forces, claiming that the militants suffered heavy casualties but did not provide exact figures.

Security officials in Kandahar confirmed that at least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in the attack.

According to local media, around eight Taliban rebels have also been killed in the overnight clash. Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least 10 Afghan soldiers have been killed and as many others wounded in an attack by Taliban that targeted a military base in Kandahar's Arghandab district.

The attacks came at a time when Taliban have announced their spring offensive last month against the security forces across Afghanistan.


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