Cholera death toll in Yemen doubles in two weeks

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The number of deaths from cholera in war-torn Yemen has risen to 923, nearly doubling in the past two weeks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The disease is now affecting 20 out of Yemen's 22 provinces, with more than 124,000 suspected cases, said the WHO on Monday.

The WHO predicted in May that the cholera outbreak could affect as many as 300,000 people within six months. A state of emergency was declared in Sana'a in May in response to the outbreak. The international charity group Oxfam says the disease is killing one person an hour in Yemen.

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