GENEVA The World Health Organization announced on Monday that the number of suspected cases of cholera in Yemen had reached 500,000, with almost 2,000 deaths related to the disease recorded since late April.
In a statement, the WHO explained that the suspected cases reached 500,000 on Sunday and warned that around 5,000 people were infected every day in Yemen.
The cholera epidemic has been expanding rapidly due to a deterioration in hygiene and sanitation conditions and the disruption of the water supply in the Arab country, according to the Geneva-based organization.
To save lives in Yemen, today we must support the health system, especially the health workers, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
We urge the Yemeni authorities and all those in the region and elsewhere who can play a role to find a political solution to this conflict that has already caused so much suffering, Tedros added.
Since 2014, Yemen has been the stage of a conflict between Shiite Houthi rebels and government forces.
Tensions in the war-torn country escalated in 2015, when a Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened to support the government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.