A dearth of clean water forces many residents to queue up and fill jerry cans from water trucks, in one of the worst recorded outbreaks of cholera in modern history. No reporter narration.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) A dearth of clean water has forced many residents to queue up and fill jerrycans from water trucks. Yemen's cholera outbreak is so widespread that drinking contaminated water can quickly lead to death. Nearly 2,000 people have already succumbed to one of the worst recorded outbreaks of cholera in modern history, with over 400,000 having contracted the disease, according to the World Health Organisation. The President of the International Committee Of The Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, said on Thursday (July 27) that most of the affected cities are suffering because of failing infrastructure and the collapse of the country's health system. A build up of rubbish in the streets is also exacerbating the problem. The United Nations estimates that in Yemen a child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes, two million people have fled fighting near their homes and only half of hospitals have staff and supplies to function normally.