- OCHA: Yemen: Cyclones Chapala and Megh Flash Update 11. 19 Nov 2015
- OCHA: Yemen - Health and education on the brink of collapse, 19 Nov 2015
- Statement to the Press: Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Johannes van der Klauuw, 18 Nov 2015 [EN/AR]
Appeals & Funding
- Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016
- UNHCR: Yemen Situation Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan, Oct-Dec 2015 / Jan-Dec 2016 (Preliminary estimates), Oct 2015
- Humanitarian Response Plan - 2015 Revision (Jun 2015)
- Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in 2015 PDF XLS
I am deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian situation for people living in the central Yemeni city of Taizz. Since September fighting has intensified there, and some 200,000 vulnerable civilians are living under a virtual state of siege, in dire need of drinking water, food, medical treatment, and other life-saving assistance and protection.
Civilian neighbourhoods, medical facilities and other premises around the city are continually hit by shelling, while checkpoints are preventing people from moving to safer areas and seeking assistance.
People in Need 21.2M
Humanitarian needs & key figures
Ongoing conflict is devastating Yemen. Humanitarian partners now estimate that 21.2 million people – or 82 per cent of the population – require some kind of humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs or protect their fundamental rights. The severity of needs among vulnerable people has also intensified across sectors. Major needs include the following:
1. Protection of Civilians
Across all areas affected by Cyclones Chapala and Megh, 26 people have been killed and 78 injured. Many of the almost 6,000 displaced families have returned to their homes, however many continue to shelter in tents due to damage sustained to their homes.
The continued provision of humanitarian assistance, the rehabilitation of homes and roads and the restoration of livelihoods are the main assistance priorities.
(New York, 19 November 2015): The Head of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, John Ging, warned that the health and education systems in Yemen are on the brink of collapse.
Sana’a/Cairo, 18 November 2015
Good morning everybody,
In my capacity as the Humanitarian Coordinator for UN in Yemen, I would like to welcome you to this media briefing and thank you for partnering with the humanitarian community to raise awareness about the humanitarian situation to the public in region and around the world.
I would like to thank Sausan Ghosheh, Head of UNIC, and Rema Jamous-Imseis, Head of ROMENA, for convening this press briefing.
Conflict and adverse climatic conditions continue to drive humanitarian needs in the region
Acute sectoral needs continue to be reported in Ethiopia
Flood preparedness in full swing as El Niño expected to cause serious flooding in the region
Civilian death tolls and human rights violations on the rise in Burundi
Urgent access needed to prevent food crisis in Unity State, South Sudan
Regional humanitarian outlook
Displacement has contributed to rises in needs across sectors – particularly shelter and NFIs, for which about 2.8 million IDPs and host community members currently require support.
Since the intensification of fighting in March, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased from 15.9 million to 21.2 million people. This means that 82 per cent of Yemen’s population now requires humanitarian assistance in some form to meet their basic needs for food, water, healthcare and shelter. In November, two cyclones battered the Island of Socotra and Yemen's southern coastline, adding to the suffering men, women, and children in Yemen are enduring
Almost 6,000 families across six governorates have been displaced by the impact of the two cyclones.
The majority are located in the governorates of Socotra, Hadramaut and Shabwah.
Socotra Island is still facing electricity and water shortages, with many displaced families still sheltering in public buildings and tents. Local authorities are calling for additional assistance.
Latest updates from Socotra Island are that no more casualties have been reported, with the total number of people killed by the two cyclones still 26 in all affected areas of Yemen.
Reports from local NGOs suggest that there are over 6,400 non-displaced affected families in Shabwah and Habramaut, in addition to over 1,500 displaced families.
An area of tropical low pressure, making its way to the Arabian Sea, does not seem to be forming into a tropical storm for the moment.
The number of people killed in Socotra has risen to 18, bringing the total number of people reported killed by the two cyclones to 26 in all affected areas of Yemen.
The UN and its partners continue to deliver much needed supplies to the affected areas and are continuing to distribute food, tents, non-food items and safe water in Abyan, Shabwah and Hadramaut governorates.
October has seen increases in the number of ships berthing and overall (April - October) food imports from September. Given the high dependency of Yemen on fuel and food imports humanitarian efforts can only meet a fraction of the needs.
Tropical Cyclone Megh has weakened from a Tropical Storm to a Tropical Depression and is now dissipating, with no significant wind or rain reported as it made landfall with mainland Yemen.
Socotra Island has suffered significant damage to critical infrastructure, with reports of 3,000 families displaced and over 800 houses damaged.
This report has been developed collectively with humanitarian partners in the region to inform preparedness and advocacy efforts to mitigate and manage humanitarian risk in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region . It presents a four-month trend analysis from June to September 2015 and a humanitarian outlook from October to December 2015. It is the second report in the series and updates the previous scenario report which was published in May 2015.