Syria is dealing with an escalating crisis of Cholera outbreak following the contamination of key water resources. Israeli strikes may have been one of the main instigators of the fresh humanitarian crisis.
A cholera outbreak that has spread to numerous areas of Syria has claimed the lives of at least 29 individuals. The Syrian crisis has been dubbed as the worst to hit the war-torn nation in years by the UN.
Since the epidemic was initially discovered last month, 338 cases have been verified using rapid assessment testing. the majority of deaths and cases in the northern Aleppo region, according to a statement released on Monday by the Syrian health ministry.
In the province of Aleppo, 230 instances were documented, and 25 fatalities were verified. This month, the UN stated that it was thought the epidemic was caused by crops being watered with tainted water. The Euphrates River, which divides Syria from north to east, is another source of contaminated water that people consume.
The UN has issued an urgent request for money to stop the spread and for permissions to “ensure timely delivery” of supplies and medicine that can save lives.
Additionally, opposition-held regions in northern and northwestern Syria as well as the nation’s Kurdish-controlled northeast have caught the extremely contagious illness. Medical officials reported that the country’s ten-year war had caused millions to be displaced in the area.
Since the epidemic was declared earlier in September, there are now 2,092 potential cholera cases in the northeast of Syria, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nonprofit organization with operations there. It stated that there were worries that instances had been recorded much too few.
The UN has issued a warning that the epidemic has highlighted “serious water shortages” across Syria.
Cholera; An Offshoot of Infrastructure Devastation
Since the national water infrastructure was destroyed during the conflict, a large portion of the society relies on dangerous water sources.
Since 2011, millions of citizens have become homeless and tens of thousands have perished. More than ten years ago, anti-President Bashar al-Assad demonstrations turned into a civil war. As a result of the conflicts, Syria was divided into regions ruled by different groups.
Drought-like circumstances that have resulted in falling reservoir pressure along the Euphrates have deteriorated the issue. Growers have also attributed the decline in flow on Turkey’s water regulations.
In the vast, congested Kafr Lusin camps close to the Turkish border, doctors recorded the first three cases of cholera, according to the Syrian Civil Defense on Monday. The rescuers working in opposition-controlled areas are members of the Syrian Civil Defence.
The group also asserted that “this is a dangerous development for civilian lives with the start of the spread of the disease quickly under bad health conditions and especially in the camps.”
In the heavily packed strip, where hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Syrians live in terrible circumstances with no access to potable water and sanitary facilities, the United Nations has cautioned of significant deaths if cholera infection.
Officials said that the World Health Organization had already started delivering urgent batches of essential aid as well as chlorine pills for water treatment.
The dire cholera condition in Syria is one of the consequences of keeping air raids by foreign forces on key infrastructures. During the recent months, Israeli has illegally targeted zones inside Syria. Damascus has condemned the trespasses and urged the international intervention to terminate the offensive.