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Six people were killed when a passenger van fell in a deep ravine at Alpuri area of District Shangla on Wednesday evening.According to police, the van was on its way from Shahpur to Besham.Source: Radio Pakistan

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WHO thanks crown prince for anti-cholera funding

London, (IINA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has thanked Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, for his donation of $66.7 million to stop the spread of cholera in Yemen.

In response to an urgent call for funding, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) in Saudi Arabia announced the donation to UNICEF, WHO and their partners.

The money will be used to respond to a cholera outbreak in Yemen.

The response will center on a combination of water, sanitation, and health care activities, which officials say will help save the lives of thousands of Yemenis at risk of being affected by the ongoing crisis.

On behalf of the WHO Regional Office I extend deep thanks and appreciation to Prince Muhammad bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, deputy prime minister and minister of defense, for his noble initiative in the humanitarian field, to support efforts which aim to alleviate suffering, (and) provide relief through working to contain cholera and prevent its complications in Yemen, said Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean.

The funding will be put to immediate use, according to KSRelief, which will work with UNICEF, WHO and their partners to activate the new initiative.

Recently, the UN health agency said there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera, many of them children.

UNICEF Director Anthony Lake and WHO Chief Margaret Chan said in a statement, we are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with an average of 5,000 new cases every day.

The agencies say that more than 1,300 people have died � one quarter of them children � and the death toll is expected to rise.

A cholera outbreak will probably have infected more than 300,000 people by September, the UN said.

Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial infection spread through contaminated food or water.

Although the disease is easily treatable, doing so in conflict-torn Yemen has proved particularly challenging.

UN reports indicate that almost 19 million people � more than two-thirds of Yemen's total population � are in need of humanitarian assistance, and that 14.5 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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Over 3 million attend khatmul Qur’an at holy mosque

Makkah (IINA) - More than 3 million worshipers witnessed the final recitation of the Holy Qur'an (khatmul Qur'an) on the last night of Ramadan at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah.In Makkah, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, im...

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Pakistan’s defence exports considerably increased during recent years

Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production has been informed that defence exports have shown considerable increase during the recent years.The committee met in Islamabad today with its Chairman Khawaja Suhail Mansoor in the chair.The meeting was b...

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Iranian Consul General Muhammad Husain Bani Asadi paid a farewell call on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said Pakistan and Iran have historical relationship and are tied in broth...

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Twenty suspects have been apprehended during an operation of the security forces in surrounding areas of Kharian and Sarai Alamgir.According to the ISPR, Pakistan Rangers Punjab alongwith Counter Terrorism Department, police and intelligence agencies t...

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