Yemeni President Hadi made a first public appearance in Aden since he came back last week. When visiting Marib town, Yemeni Vice-President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah declared that the legitimate regime would soon enter the capital Sana'a. A Houthi delegation has travelled to Oman for preliminary consultations on UN-sponsored Geneva peace talks aimed at resolving Yemen's complex civil war. Heavy fighting continued in Taiz, Lahj and coalition forces conducted new rounds of airstrikes over Sa’ada, Jawf, Hajjah and Sana’a governorates.
Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, UNHRD has supported 6 Partners responding to the crisis by sending 323 MT of critical relief items, equipment and medical supplies to Djibouti and Yemen. Most recently, UNHRD dispatched 4 armored vehicles and medicine to Djibouti on behalf of WHO and IOM.
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.
Humanitarian actors involved in the response to the outflow of civilians from Yemen due to the current conflict are committed to providing life-saving assistance and protection to those fleeing Yemen, pending durable solutions.
KEY FIGURES AS OF 29 OCTOBER 2015
166,658 Total out of Yemen
75,778 Arrivals in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan.
23,594 Total evacuated (as of 29 October, IOM)
The 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview has been released. Here following the main findings:
- 21.2 million people (82 percent of the population) are in need of humanitarian assistance;
- 14.4 million people are food insecure;
19.3 million people lack adequate access to clean water or sanitation.
In response to the cyclones, the Logistics Cluster continues to facilitate humanitarian assistance namely:
• The new inactivated Polio vaccine (IPV) which was introduced in Yemen on 1 November entered its second round, targeting a total number of 5,039,936 children. IPV will be used alongside the oral vaccine (OPV).
• UNICEF launched its first ever humanitarian cash transfers in Sana’a on 14 November 2015. A total of 4,051 vulnerable households were reached with cash transfers of YR 21,500 (roughly $100) for each family during the first three days.
Source: Reuters - Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:21 GMT
By Mohammed Ghobari and Omar Fahmy
DUBAI, Nov 21 (Reuters) - A Houthi delegation is to travel to Oman on Saturday for preliminary consultations on U.N.-sponsored Geneva peace talks aimed at resolving Yemen's complex civil war, a spokesman for the Iran-allied militia said.
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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
Natural hazards, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather, affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited government disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.
Joint statement by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Yemeni Red Crescent and the ICRC
Two successive tropical cyclones hit Yemen’s southern coastal areas in November, heightening misery and worsening an already dire humanitarian situation. According to reports and information collected by the Yemen Red Crescent Society (YRCS), 26 people were killed, dozens injured and up to 55,000 affected. Livelihoods, including crops and livestock, was also destroyed.
ABU DHABI, 19th November, 2015 (WAM) – The Emirates Red Crescent has distributed 70,000 food baskets to people affected by ongoing events in a number of southern governorates in Yemen as part of the UAE’s programme to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable people.
The ERC official said the food assistance were given to people in the governorates of Aden, Taiz and Lahej.
They added that field teams were deployed to enhance the humanitarian response and swiftly deliver aid to the affected population who were experiencing severe lack of humanitarian conditions.
World Toilet Day on November 19th draws attention to the importance of good sanitation facilities and practices in preventing diseases. This issue is of particular importance in Yemen’s rural areas, where households have little access to both adequate sanitation facilities and knowledge of vital hygiene practices.
The map shows settlements affected by Tropical Cyclone Chapala and Megh, as identified by cluster reports.
Map shows Non-Food Item (NFI) transportation to Shabwah and Al Mukalla by the Logistic Cluster. Data from OCHA Flash Report (16 Nov)