ICRC says 600,000 Ye­me­nis could con­tract cholera in 2017

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Aden, Ye­men - More than 600,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to con­tract cholera in Ye­men this year, the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on Sun­day as the wartorn coun­try’s health­care sys­tem faces col­lapse.

One in ev­ery 45 Ye­me­nis will have con­tracted the dis­ease by De­cem­ber as ‘a di­rect con­se­quence of a con­flict that has dev­as­tated civil­ian in­fra­struc­ture and brought the whole health sys­tem to its knees,’ the ICRC said in a state­ment.

More than 370,000 peo­ple have fallen ill and 1,800 have died since late April in Ye­men’s se­cond cholera out­break in less than a year, ac­cord­ing to WHO.

A war be­tween the Saudibacked gov­ern­ment and Iran­backed Houthi rebels has killed thou­sands of peo­ple and dis­placed mil­lions. A string of vi­tal ports along the coun­try’s Red Sea coast­line are block­aded, leav­ing mil­lions of peo­ple with lim­ited ac­cess to food and medicine. Less than half of the coun­try’s med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties are cur­rently func­tional.

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