The U.N. says over 460,000 suspected cholera cases have been recorded in war-torn Yemen so far this year.
This is a sharp rise compared to the 380,000 cases recorded for all of 2018.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says 705 suspected cholera deaths have been documented since January — a dramatic increase from the 75 deaths in the same period last year.
He blamed the global increase on recent flash flooding, poor maintenance of waste management systems, and a lack of access to clean water for drinking or irrigation.
The U.N. and its partners are operating nearly 1,200 cholera treatment facilities across Yemen, but Haq says “funding remains an urgent issue.”
Only 32 percent of the UN humanitarian appeal for the 4.2 billion dollars to help over 20 million Yemenis this year has been supplied.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection that spreads through contaminated food or water.
The ongoing Saudi-led war has destroyed much of Yemen’s infrastructure, including critically in the health sector.
The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger, as a result of the war.