A suspected cholera outbreak is spreading quickly in war-ravaged Yemen, with an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 new cases every day, the U.N. children’s agency said.
Geert Cappelaere, the Middle East director of UNICEF, said in an interview with The Associated Press that 70,000-suspected cases of cholera have been reported in the past month in 19 of Yemen’s 22 governorates.
He voiced his concern that cholera cases, could double every two weeks to 130,000 and then about 300,000 cases unless more aid is delivered.
He says the outbreak might “spread beyond Yemen” and should perturb all states neighboring Yemen where civil war is now in its third year.
“It is sad today, but we hope the cholera outbreak will the turning point in turning people’s attention to Yemen,” he said. “Cholera is not going to be stopped by any border.”