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Yemen: Cemetery in Aden expanded as death toll spikes amid epidemics and famine02:41

Yemen: Cemetery in Aden expanded as death toll spikes amid epidemics and famine

Yemen, Aden
June 1, 2020 at 17:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

A reported five-fold spike in death cases which are suspected to be correlated to multiple epidemics occurring at the same time, as well as an ongoing famine in the war-torn country, has prompted the authorities to expand the capacity of one of the cemeteries in Aden, as seen on footage from Sunday. According to reports, the authorities are struggling with the surge, as the death toll shows no signs of slowing down.

According to Yemeni officials, a total of 623 people have died by May 13, including six officials from the internationally recognised government. Many of the victims are suspected to have died from the coronavirus, which is increasingly spreading, while others from different ongoing epidemics, including the pneumonic plague and the chikungunya virus.

Aden gravediggers were quoted saying that they were dealing with a five-fold increase in burials, with up to 51 people being buried in the last week alone.

Meanwhile, Jens Larke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that Yemen was "really on the brink right now," and added that the UN is now "working on the assumption that there is widespread communal transmission going on."

Yemen: Cemetery in Aden expanded as death toll spikes amid epidemics and famine02:41
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A reported five-fold spike in death cases which are suspected to be correlated to multiple epidemics occurring at the same time, as well as an ongoing famine in the war-torn country, has prompted the authorities to expand the capacity of one of the cemeteries in Aden, as seen on footage from Sunday. According to reports, the authorities are struggling with the surge, as the death toll shows no signs of slowing down.

According to Yemeni officials, a total of 623 people have died by May 13, including six officials from the internationally recognised government. Many of the victims are suspected to have died from the coronavirus, which is increasingly spreading, while others from different ongoing epidemics, including the pneumonic plague and the chikungunya virus.

Aden gravediggers were quoted saying that they were dealing with a five-fold increase in burials, with up to 51 people being buried in the last week alone.

Meanwhile, Jens Larke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that Yemen was "really on the brink right now," and added that the UN is now "working on the assumption that there is widespread communal transmission going on."

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