When water means death [Archives:2005/903/Health]

December 15 2005

By: Amel Ariqi
Water pollution is a global crisis. However, this crisis becomes disaster in a country like Yemen that has already undergone sharp water shortage, which forces people to use any water source that covers their basic needs.

A parliament report exposed that 55,000 children die annually due to diseases related to water pollution. The report, which warned of the spread of contaminated water use, confirmed that 50 percent of childhood death cases in Yemen are due to water pollution, 20 percent due to diarrhea and 30 percent due to malaria and typhoid.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) confirmed these figures in its “Report on the State of the Environment in Yemen for the Year 2001″”. According to this report