Cholera cases in Ye­men could hit 850,000 this year: Red Cross

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Geneva, Switzer­land - The cholera epi­demic tear­ing through Ye­men, ex­ac­er­bat­ing the al­ready dire hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in the war-rav­aged coun­try, could im­pact 850,000 peo­ple by the end of the year, the Red Cross warned on Wed­nes­day.

The out­break ‘ has reached colos­sal pro­por­tions,’ said Robert Mar­dini, the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross’s Near and Mid­dle East di­rec­tor.

The col­lapse of Ye­men’s in­fra­struc­ture af­ter more than two years of war be­tween the Saudibacked govern­ment and Shi­ite rebels who con­trol the cap­i­tal Sanaa has al­lowed the coun­try’s cholera epi­demic to swell to the largest in the world.

The speed at which cholera is spread­ing in Ye­men has slowed in re­cent months, but the deadly wa­ter­borne dis­ease is far from con­tained. “In July we said we feared it would reach 600,000 cases by the end of the year. Now we have reached 647,000 sus­pected cases al­ready,” said Mar­dini. “We are now pro­ject­ing the worst-case sce­nario to reach 850,000 by the end of the year.”

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