Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world,’ health organizations say

The U.N. health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children.

UNICEF director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said in a statement Saturday, “we are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world,” with an average of 5,000 new cases every day. The agencies say that more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise.

The U.N. says collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread.

In addition, an estimated 30,000 local health workers have not been paid for nearly 10 months. (AP)

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Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A Yemeni child suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment at a hospital in Sana’a on May 25, 2017.
Cholera has killed 315 people in Yemen in under a month, the World Health Organization has said, as another aid organisation warned Monday the outbreak could become a “full-blown epidemic”. (AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A girl infected with cholera lies on the ground at a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen May 7, 2017. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A Yemeni doctor treats a cholera-infected Yemeni child at a hospital amid a serious cholera outbreak in Sana’a, Yemen on June 6, 2017. (Yahya Arhab/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A Yemeni doctor inspects children suspected of being infected with cholera at a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen on June 15, 2017. (Yahya Arhab/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Yemeni children suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a makeshift hospital in Sana’a on June 5, 2017.
Yemen is descending into total collapse, its people facing war, famine and a deadly outbreak of cholera, as the world watches, the UN aid chief said. (AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A Yemeni child suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in Sana’a on June 5, 2017.
Yemen is descending into total collapse, its people facing war, famine and a deadly outbreak of cholera, as the world watches, the UN aid chief said. (AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Yemeni children infected with cholera receive treatment at Sabaeen Hospital in Sana’a, on June 13, 2017.
Six weeks into the second outbreak of the deadly disease in less than a year, at least one patient checks in at Sabaeen every 60 seconds — a level of emergency that overwhelms staff. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Yemenis infected with cholera wait for treatment at Sabaeen Hospital in Sana’a, on June 13, 2017.
Six weeks into the second outbreak of the deadly disease in less than a year, at least one patient checks in at Sabaeen every 60 seconds — a level of emergency that overwhelms staff. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A Yemeni infant suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment at Sabaeen Hospital in Sana’a, on June 13, 2017.
Six weeks into the second outbreak of the deadly disease in less than a year, at least one patient checks in at Sabaeen every 60 seconds — a level of emergency that overwhelms staff. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Yemeni women wait for their cholera-infected relatives receiving treatment at a hospital amid a serious cholera outbreak in Sana’a, Yemen on June 22, 2017. (Yahya Arhab/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Cholera-infected Yemenis receive treatment at a hospital amid a serious cholera outbreak in Sana’a, Yemen on June 22, 2017. (Yahya Arhab/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A boy lies on a bed at a cholera treatment center in Sana’a, Yemen May 15, 2017. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Cholera-infected Yemenis receive treatment at a hospital amid a serious cholera outbreak in Sana’a, Yemen on June 14, 2017. (Yahya Arhab/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Yemeni children suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at Sabaeen Hospital in Sana’a, on June 13, 2017.
Six weeks into the second outbreak of the deadly disease in less than a year, at least one patient checks in at Sabaeen every 60 seconds — a level of emergency that overwhelms staff. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A Yemeni child suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment at a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen on June 15, 2017. (Yahya Arhab/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

A Yemeni woman suspected of being infected with cholera lies on the ground at Sabaeen Hospital in Sana’a on June 13, 2017.
Six weeks into the second outbreak of the deadly disease in less than a year, at least one patient checks in at Sabaeen every 60 seconds — a level of emergency that overwhelms staff. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Yemeni mother holds her child suspected of being infected with cholera at a makeshift hospital in Sana’a on June 9, 2017.
Yemen is descending into total collapse, its people facing war, famine and a deadly outbreak of cholera, as the world watches, the UN aid chief said. (AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Cholera-infected Yemenis receive treatment at a hospital amid a serious cholera outbreak in Sana’a, Yemen on June 22, 2017. (Yahya Arhab/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Yemen ‘facing worst cholera outbreak in the world’, health organizations say

Yemenis wait for their children suspected of being infected with cholera receiving treatment at a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen on June 15, 2017. (Yahya Arhab/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

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