Cholera death toll in Yemen nears 1,000

Rahul Radhakrishnan – June 19, 2917

The death toll from a cholera outbreak is approaching 1,000 in Yemen, the war-devastated and impoverished country where “humanity is losing out to politics,” a senior UN official said Thursday.

Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said, “Time is running out to save people who are being killed or being starved, and now you have cholera adding to the complication.”

Speaking at a press briefing in Jordan, McGoldrick said, “We are struggling because of the lack of resources. We need some action immediately.”

McGoldrick gave updated figures of more than 130,000 suspected cases of cholera and over 970 deaths, with women and children accounting for half of the numbers.