Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis face what experts fear could be one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, raising concerns of a staggering death toll after the United Nations began cutting aid to the war-torn nation.

The cuts came after UN appeals for $2.42 billion in funding fell short by about 50% this week.

“In the countdown to closure there will have to be much wider cuts to Yemen at a time when the country is now facing the growing impact of the virus pandemic on people who are already badly malnourished and ill equipped to cope with it,” Lise Grande, the head of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told CNN in a phone call from Sana’a on Wednesday.
“General health services in 189 of the country’s 369 hospitals start to close in three weeks. Water and sanitation services for 8.5 million people, including 3 million children, close in three weeks.
“Nutrition support for 2.5 million malnourished starving children will start to close in eight to 10 weeks.”

Read more here: CNN News

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