Spreading cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen kills scores

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Spreading cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen kills scores

Yesterday authorities declared a state ofemergency in Sanaa over the outbreak and called for global help to avert disaster.

The health ministry said in a statement it was "unable to contain this disaster" and appealed for worldwide humanitarian assistance to deal with the crisis, Al-Waght reported. It also appealed for humanitarian support on worldwide level in order to deal with the crisis, in a statement that released overnight.

"What is happening today exceeds the capabilities of any healthy health system, so how can we (cope) when we are in these hard and complicated conditions", Saba quoted Health Minister Mohammed Salem bin Hafeedh as saying.

More than half the country's medical facilities are no longer functioning two years into a devastating war between the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and government forces allied with a Saudi-led Arab military coalition.

Yemen's Ministry of Public Health and Population declared a public health emergency in the capital Sanaa as a result of the spreading cholera epidemic, which has killed 115 people so far since April 27, the country's state news agency Saba reported late on Sunday.

People infected with cholera lie on beds at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen, May 14, 2017. Approximately 7.6 million people live in cholera-threatened areas, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), Deutsche Welle reported.

Worldwide relief agencies on Sunday warned of a catastrophic humanitarian situation and urged citizens to exercise hygiene precautions.

The United Nations has warned two-thirds of the population is on the brink of starvation in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest nation.

Doctors without Borders (MSF) expressed fears that health authorities alone will not be able to deal with the outbreak.

The World Health Organization now classifies Yemen as a level three emergency, alongside Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq.

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