- Title: Filth spreads Yemen's deadly cholera outbreak
- Date: 27th July 2017
- Summary: SANAA, YEMEN (JULY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) WOMAN WALKING INTO WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) MEDICAL TENT SANITATION WORKER SANITIZING MEDICAL TENT VARIOUS OF SUSPECTED CHOLERA PATIENTS RECEIVING TREATMENT HOSPITAL CORRIDOR VARIOUS OF CHILDREN IN HOSPITAL WARD RECEIVING TREATMENT SANAA, YEMEN (JULY 15, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CROWD OF PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND WATER DISTRIBUTION TRUCK PEOPLE FILLING UP JERRY CANS OF WATER FROM TRUCK HOSES COMING FROM TRUCK WATER FLOWING OUT OF HOSE HOSES LEADING TO BUCKETS AND JERRY CANS CHILDREN TRANSPORTING JERRY CANS OF WATER IN WHEEL CHAIR AND WHEELBARROWS WHEEL OF WHEELBARROW WOMEN TRANSPORTING JERRY CANS OF WATER IN WHEELBARROWS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE FILLING UP JERRY CANS WITH WATER SANAA, YEMEN (JULY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF VEHICLES DRIVING OVER PUDDLE WORKERS CLEANING OUT TRASH MAP OF YEMEN PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) PETER MAURER SITTING FOR INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC), PRESIDENT, PETER MAURER, SAYING: "At the end of the day, what I see during the week is that in the most affected cities, you see cholera spreading because of attacks on health infrastructure, on electricity, on water distribution system [and] because of unclean water and we have to deal with this crisis in a comprehensive issue." CLOSE OF ICRC LOGO ON MAP OF YEMEN (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC), PRESIDENT, PETER MAURER, SAYING: "Our water program is one of the largest parts in the country where we fix the system, [and] when it is inevitable, we bring water as an emergency measure to people, but our first and foremost focus is to do basic rehabilitation so that people as soon as possible can have back some water supply in the future." PETER MAURER'S HANDS HOLDING GLASSES (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC), PRESIDENT, PETER MAURER, SAYING: "The health system depending on where you look at exactly, has virtually broken down or is about to break down. And this is a very serious situation. It is the direct consequence of war." ICRC LOGO ON MAP OF YEMEN (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC), PRESIDENT, PETER MAURER, SAYING: "We try to have an integrated response. I'll tell you first and foremost the overall budget of ICRC has been doubled by the organisation in the last 3 months. So we have increased from 50 million to 100 million. A lot of this increase is going into comprehensive cholera response." VARIOUS OF PILES OF TRASH ON THE STREETS OF SANAA
- Embargoed: 10th August 2017 21:19
- Keywords: Cholera patients; medical tents; charity workers; rubbish in streets; cholera outbreak; water distribution trucks
- Location: SANAA, YEMEN
- City: SANAA, YEMEN
- Country: Yemen
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RHVEIV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Yemen's cholera outbreak is so widespread that just drinking water can lead to death.
Nearly 2,000 people have already succumbed to one of the worst recorded outbreaks of cholera in modern history, with over 400,000 having contracted the disease, according to the World Health Organisation.
The President of the International Committee Of The Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, said on Thursday (July 27) that most of the affected cities are suffering because of failing infrastructure and the collapse of the country's health system. A build up of rubbish in the streets is also exacerbating the problem.
A dearth of clean water has forced many residents to queue up and fill jerry cans from water trucks.
The United Nations estimates that in Yemen a child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes, two million people have fled fighting near their homes and only half of hospitals have staff and supplies to function normally.
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