CAIRO (AP) — A children’s advocacy group is warning of a spike in cholera cases in northern Yemen affecting hundreds of thousands of children and their families as a result of an increase in fuel shortages.
Save the Children said Wednesday that fuel shortages have resulted in a jump in food prices and, as a result, a deepening health crisis.
The group says fuel prices have hiked 100 percent over the past 40 days as the internationally recognized government imposed customs duties in the interim capital Aden. That caused a 60 percent decrease in the amount of fuel coming through the key port of Hodeida, the group says.
Save the Children says the resulting health crisis has led to a mounting risk of more cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases.
Yemen already has a cholera problem, with over 620,348 suspected cases identified this year.
Photo: Yemen’s port capital city, Aden