BBCI: Yemen conflict: Cholera risk for more than a million children

Yemen food crisis a 'man-made disaster': UN

Speaking from Yemen's capital Sanaa, Mr Lootsma said that almost two million children are "acutely malnourished" which makes them susceptible to cholera.

More than 1,900 people have died of the disease since April, a third of them were under 15 years old.

Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children's country director for Yemen, said: "The tragedy is both malnutrition and cholera are easily treatable if you have access to basic healthcare".

According to the organization's analysis on levels of cholera in Yemen, 153 out of the country's 333 districts have registered more than 1% of suspected cholera cases, which means that at least one person every 100 catches the disease.

Two groups warned this week about the ongoing cholera epidemic in Yemen, reinvigorating calls for global humanitarian aid.

"But hospitals and clinics have been destroyed, government health workers haven't been paid for nearly a year, and the delivery of vital aid is being obstructed".

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"We have difficulties obtaining permission from the coalition and from the government of Yemen to transport this jet fuel to Sanaa to facilitate these flights", Lootsma, the country director for the UN Development Program, told reporters by video-link from Sanaa.

Save the Children said it operates 14 cholera treatment centres and more than 90 rehydration units in Yemen but was sending more health experts to the worst hit areas.

Yemen's health system has collapsed during the war pitting coalition forces backing the internationally recognised Yemeni government against Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels.

The Saudi-led coalition has repeatedly been accused of blocking aid to Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, which has been brought to its knees since the military campaign began in March 2015.

The Saudi-led coalition has repeatedly been accused of blocking aid to Yemen including most recently the United Nations accusing the coalition of obstructing jet fuel deliveries to its planes.


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