- Title: UNICEF boosts help in water treatment in Yemen amid cholera outbreak
- Date: 29th May 2017
- Summary: SANAA, YEMEN (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SEWAGE WATER STATIONS VARIOUS OF RECYCLED WATER FLOWING VARIOUS OF UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE TO YEMEN, MERITXELL RELANO, WALKING WITH OFFICIALS (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE TO YEMEN, MERITXELL RELANO, SAYING: "UNICEF was supporting the plant at 50 percent of the capacity for the past years but now we are increasing our support through the connection to the energy and other energy sources to increase the capacity to 100 percent so that it serves the entire surrounding population that is almost 2 million and it helps to avoid further outbreaks of water-borne diseases." RELANO WITH YEMENI OFFICIALS VARIOUS OF WATER STATIONS RECYCLING WATER (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE TO YEMEN, MERITXELL RELANO, SAYING: "So UNICEF has a three-pronged approach to the cholera outbreak. On one side we are preventing the spread of the cholera by supporting the water treatment plant but we are also providing support to the cleaning of the water wells, the sources of water and storage of the water. It's very important also that at the level of the families, the families have appropriate storage and chlorination tabs which we are providing. In addition, UNICEF is supporting communication messages for the families to be able to use the water in the best manner possible to avoid the spread of cholera and finally together with the all the partners, UNICEF is providing medical supplies, oral rinse, oral rehydration salts and other materials for the hospitals that are treating the cholera cases." SIGN IN YELLOW READING (English/Arabic): "DEEP WATER TANKS DANGER OF DEATH" MEN WORKING INSIDE WATER WELL DIRTY WATER FLOWING THROUGH SEGREGATED SECTION OF RECYCLING STATION MAN CLEARING RUBBISH BIG WATER TANK ABOVE HOUSE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE FILLING UP TRUCK WITH WATER FOR TRANSFER PERSON PUTTING CHLORINE TAB IN WATER TANK VARIOUS OF PEOPLE FILLING UP TRUCK WITH WATER SANAA, YEMEN (MAY 15, 2017) (REUTERS) TWO CHILDREN STANDING NEAR WATER CONTAINERS CHILD WALKING TO WATER TANK AND WATER CONTAINERS CHILD CARRYING JERRY CANS CHILD PUSHING WHEELBARROW LOADED WITH JERRY CANS MAN FILLING JERRY CAN WITH WATER CHILD FILLING PLASTIC BOTTLE WITH WATER JERRY CANS BEING FILLED IN WATER TREATMENT CENTRE WATER TREATMENT MACHINE WATER CONTAINERS BEING FILLED WATER TRUCK BEING FILLED WATER POURING INTO WATER TANK OF TRUCK VARIOUS OF CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA IN MOTHER'S ARMS NURSE STERILISING CHILD'S ARM
- Embargoed: 12th June 2017 12:38
- Keywords: disease purification UNICEF cholera water Yemen
- Location: SANAA, YEMEN
- City: SANAA, YEMEN
- Country: Yemen
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IW3905
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: UNICEF says it has stepped up intervention in Yemen amid a cholera outbreak that has led to authorities declaring a state of emergency in the capital Sanaa.
The outbreak has killed at least 420 people between April 27 and May 24, the World health Organization said.
Yemen has been ruined by two years of civil war, with 18.8 million people needing humanitarian aid, many of them on the brink of famine, and less than 45 percent of health facilities fully functional.
The U.N. agency said it had increased its support to a water treatment plant in Sanaa, boosting capacity to 100 percent.
UNICEF's representative to Yemen, Meritxell Relano, said the agency had a three-pronged approach to prevention.
"We are also providing support to the cleaning of the water wells, the sources of water and storage of the water. It's very important also that at the level of the families, the families have appropriate storage and chlorination tabs which we are providing. In addition, UNICEF is supporting communication messages for the families to be able to use the water in the best manner possible to avoid the spread of cholera," she said.
Sanaa has been worst hit by the outbreak. Cases have also been reported in other major cities including Hodeidah, Taiz and Aden.
WHO has said that 7.6 million people live in areas at high risk of cholera transmission.
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