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UN aid chief in Yemen warns of cholera rise without more aid

Yemenis with cholera are treated at a Sana’a hospital. About 55,000 cases have been reported in the past month.
Yemenis with cholera are treated at a Sana’a hospital. About 55,000 cases have been reported in the past month. YAHYA ARHAB/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

AMMAN, Jordan — Two senior UN officials on Tuesday warned of the spread of cholera and malnutrition in Yemen, where millions of civilians have been caught in a two-year-old civil war.

Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian chief in Yemen, said on Tuesday that poverty and disease are visibly spreading amid the havoc of war.

People in Yemen are ‘‘dying unnecessary, preventable deaths in quiet corners of villages,’’ he said in an interview in the Jordanian capital of Amman, after a recent trip to Yemen.

‘‘It’s going to be a very sad year for Yemen,’’ he said, noting that the UN’s $2 billion aid program for Yemen this year is less than 20 percent funded.

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He said worse is yet to come unless more aid is delivered and the fighting stops.

The regional director of the UN children’s agency UNICEF said 55,200 cases of cholera were reported in Yemen in the past four weeks.

‘‘More children die every day in Yemen from preventable causes like malnutrition and cholera,’’ said Geert Cappelaere. ‘‘Time is running out.’’

Associated Press