Mounting Garbage Heaps Trouble on Taez, Yemen

Heaps of garbage piled up in war-torn Taez, Yemen are more than an eyesore for the once-beautiful city of 600,000+ people.
 
They’re also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a source of cholera, which killed 304 people in Taez in the last 2+ years, according to the WHO.
 
The trash “is paving the way for cholera, dengue and malaria,” leaving ill-equipped hospitals straining to cope, says Mohammed Mkharesh, deputy director of the city’s general hospital.

The conflict, which has damaged Yemen’s sewage systems, electrical grid and piping, has left the country’s water supplies vulnerable to contamination. Taez, where fresh water is scarce, has been hit especially hard.

AFP via Al-Monitor

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