Yemen

Situation Report

Highlights

  • Lack of funding threatens the Yemen humanitarian response
  • Conflict in Al Dhale'e increases civilian casualties and obstructs the humanitarian response
  • Cholera stalks Yemen two years after 2017 outbreak
Children wait for clean water
Children wait for clean water during a twice-a-day water distribution in a hosting site for displaced people in Aden. ©OCHA/ Giles Clarke.

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Key Figures

24.1M
People in need
21.4M
People targeted for assistance
3.65M
people displaced
1.8M
cases of suspected cholera

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Funding

$4.2B
Required
$3.6B
Received
85%
Progress
FTS

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Contacts

Federica D'Andreagiovanni

Head of Communications

Yemen

Situation Report
Feature
A Field Medical Foundation (FMF) mobile clinic visits the Al Sha'ab IDPs collective center in Aden.
A Field Medical Foundation (FMF) mobile clinic visits the Al Sha'ab IDPs collective center in Aden. OCHA/Matteo Minasi

SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFED ON THREATS TO THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

In a briefing to the Security Council on 18 June, the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Mark Lowcock reported that the humanitarian situation is worsening for many Yemenis, while fighting continues in many areas of the country. Since June this year, 120,000 more people have fled their homes due to conflict while 375 access incidents where aid was blocked or delayed were reported in April and May. A UN assessment of a decaying oil tanker that threatens to spill 1.1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea was delayed as the necessary permits could not be secured, Mr. Lowcock indicated. A spill from the tanker could reach from Bab el Mandeb to the Suez Canal and potentially as far as the Strait of Hormuz, resulting in a major disaster for the environment, shipping lanes and the global economy.

The humanitarian response remains severely underfunded. At the High-Level Pledging Event for this year’s humanitarian response plan, which the Secretary-General convened in February, donors pledged US$2.6 billion. Twenty-seven of the 40 donors who pledged have paid more than 75 per cent of their pledges, and 20 of the donors have paid 100 per cent - and in some cases even more. The Humanitarian Response Plan 2019 is currently just 34 per cent funded, compared with 60 per cent at the same time a year ago.

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Analysis
OCHA at work in Aden
11. OCHA at work. ©OCHA/ Matteo Minasi.

FOOD MARKETS REMAINED STABLE IN MAY 2019, THOUGH UNDERLYING RISKS PERSIST

In the latest edition of Market Watch, WFP reported that food markets were generally stable in May but that underlying risks of supply side shocks may lead to a further depreciation of the Yemeni rial (YER) and a rise in consumer prices. The average cost of the minimum food basket per person per month - composed of wheat flour, vegetable oil, red beans, sugar and salt - decreased by 1 per cent, reaching YER4,692, but remained double the pre-crisis price. However, in a few governorates there has been steep monthly increase, including in Taizz (12 per cent), Sana’a (10 per cent) and Al Mahra (8 per cent), see figure 3 below, while others have experienced a notable decrease in the cost of the minimum food basket, including Amran (-13 per cent), Al Jawf and Dhamar (-9 per cent), Sana’a City, Shabwa and Rayma(-5 per cent).

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Yemen 2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview : an estimated 22.2 million people need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 11.3 million who are in acute need. Some 8.4 million are one step away from famine.

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