Yemen - Cholera outbreak (DG ECHO, UNICEF) (ECHO Daily Flash of 18 May 2017)
The ongoing cholera outbreak has spread to over 170 districts in 18 governorates. 209 associated deaths and over 17 200 suspected cases were reported by UNICEF on 17 May. Around 22 million people live in districts considered at high risk of cholera. Hospitals face difficulties to cope with the daily wave of new cases.
The Cholera Task Force is finalising its WASH and Health integrated response plan. As of 15 May, 33 humanitarian organisations are operational in 19 governorates. 49 treatments centers have been established. The current upsurge of cholera cases and deaths are linked to the deteriorating humanitarian situation featured by a weak health system, limited access to safe water and hygiene, as well as a growing impact of the food insecurity and malnutrition.
The 14th report of the Task Force on Population Movement (TFPM) was released on 14 May. As of 1 April 2017, the TFPM identified 2 million IDPs and 0.9 million returnees in the country. 75% of conflict IDPs originate from four governorates (Taizz , Hajjah , Sa’ada and Amanat Al Asimah) and 81% of IDPs have been displaced for more than one year.
Fighting and airstrikes continue throughout the country. According to local media, 23 civilians were reportedly killed by an airstrike near Taiz city on 17 May.