UN counted 190 cholera-related deaths in Yemen since the beginning of the year

A woman holds a malnourished boy in a malnutrition treatment centre at the al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations has announced 190 cholera-related deaths in Yemen since the beginning of this year, warning of an increase in the number of people infected by the epidemic that ravaged the country ravaged by armed conflict two years ago.

“Two years after the worst outbreak of cholera in Yemen, the number of cases suspected of cholera and acute diarrhea has increased in recent weeks,” the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office said in a statement.

There were 108,889 possible cases between January 1 and March 17, and 190 “related deaths” with cholera in the same period.

The cholera epidemic has gripped the country, killing more than 2,500 people since April 2017. A suspected 1.2 million cases have been reported, according to the World Health Organization.

Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, has been battling a war since 2014 between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the well-known president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which escalated on March 26, 2015 as Saudi Arabia intervened at the head of a military alliance in support of government forces.

Since then, about 10,000 people have been killed in the war, according to the World Health Organization, while independent human rights groups say the actual death toll could be five times that.

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