Sanaa: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday announced that the toll in the cholera outbreak in Yemen has reached 605 with suspected cases exceeding 73,700.

"Cholera continues to spread in Yemen," the WHO said in an official statement.

The toll has rapidly increased after WHO put the figure at 532 and the number of suspected cases at 65,300 on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The deadly disease has been rapidly spreading across Yemen since April 27, WHO said.

The organisation warned that the healthcare system in Yemen is on the verge of collapse as many hospitals have shut down because of the ongoing conflict, saying only 45 per cent of them are still operational and they are facing a shortage of supplies and staff.

The war has so far killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, and displaced over 2 million others, according to humanitarian agencies.