SANAA - The state of emergency was declared Sunday in the Yemeni capital Sanaa due to a cholera epidemic. The outbreak of fatal infectious disease has already claimed tens of lives. That's what the authorities in the city, where the Houthi movement is swinging the scepter, announced.
According to the Yemeni Ministry of Health, there is an 'unprecedented disaster'. The healthcare in Yemen, which has already declined significantly over more than two years of civil war, can not prevent the outbreak. Only a few healthcare institutions in the capital still work and two thirds of the population do not have clean drinking water. Cholera spreads just through contaminated water.
Since April 27, 51 people have died of cholera. Another 2700 people are probably infected. Nearly sixty are definitely infected with cholera. The World Health Organization says that about 7.6 million people live in the area where the risk of cholera outbreak is high.