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17 Oct 2018 description

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the OCHA Yemen office. The next report will be issued when additional information on the emergency becomes available.

I. Situation Overview

ESCALATED ARMED CONFLICT IN AL HUDAYDAH GOVERNORATE

16 Oct 2018 description

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Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding since the beginning of October, affecting over 64,560 people in La Guajira department with the majority in Uribia municipality.

More than 90% of the population is indigenous and live in informal settlements. Flooding has led to crop damage and restricted access to food.

Waterborne disease are likely to spread as basic hygiene facilities are disrupted.

Urgent food, shelter and WASH needs have been reported.

16 Oct 2018 description

Key Highlights

  • From 07 August to 26 September, IOM identified an increase of 13,355 displaced households. The largest increases being within Amanat Al Asimah , Al Hudaydah and Taizz Governorates.

  • Provided hot meals to 32,280 beneficiaries to date since the crisis began in June in Al Hudaydah. Currently four kitchens are operational, preparing hot meals for IDPs every day.

14 Oct 2018 description

14 October 2018 - The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen has reported 15201 suspected cases and 37 associated deaths during epidemiological week 38 (17 September – 23 September) in 2018. 14% are severe cases. The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases from 27 April 2017 to 23 September 2018 is 1207596 and 2510 associated deaths (CFR 0.21%). So far, 2980 samples have been confirmed by culture.

11 Oct 2018 description

Key Issues:

  • The rapid depreciation of the Yemeni Rial has further increased the vulnerability of food insecure households.

  • Economic output has contracted by about 50 per cent since 2015. About 52 per cent of Yemenis now live on less than US$1.90 a day.

  • Fighting continues in Al Hudaydah City. A civilian was killed and others were injured when an IDP site was shelled on 6 October.

11 Oct 2018 description

Quote from NRC staff member in Hodeidah:

"People here are suffering from a fuel crisis, they have no income, no medicine and no electricity in their houses. Jets hover for long hours, especially at night. It's so scary. We can hear clashes – guns and exploding mortar on one side and airstrikes shake our whole building. It is so stressful and incredibly frightening."

Quote from a Yemeni father whose whole village fled their homes last month:

09 Oct 2018 description

Sana’a – Over the past three months IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has donated 22 ambulances to the Ministry of Health in Yemen to strengthen health services and enhance disease surveillance across the country.

This donation is in line with IOM’s commitment to respond to what has recently been called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world by strengthening healthcare systems and preventing disease outbreak through technical and material support in Yemen.

08 Oct 2018 description

Situation update:

Conflict and port status: During September, parts of Al-Hudaydah governorate witnessed sporadic ground fighting, intensive airstrikes and shelling, especially in Kilo 16 and Kilo 10 areas. The road connecting Sana’a and Al-Hudaydah is blocked due to severe fighting and people have to use a longer road to reach Al-Hudaydah City through the Bajil-Al-Dhahi road.

08 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF resumed the third cycle of cash assistance today.

AMMAN/SANA’A, 7 October 2018 – UNICEF resumed the third cycle of cash assistance today, across Yemen. Nearly 1.5 million of the poorest families in Yemen – an estimated 9 million people – will benefit from emergency cash transfers with generous funding from the World Bank.

“A lifeline for nearly one third of the people in Yemen, this cash assistance is so vital to help families in Yemen make ends meet” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

05 Oct 2018 description
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Despite increasing hostilities and access challenges, UNHCR continued to provide life-saving assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons during the first half of 2018.

Protection and shelter needs of IDP families have increased. In 2018, UNHCR has so far assisted over 608,000 IDPs, of whom some 100,000 were reached during the Al Hudaydah response.

UNHCR-assisted spontaneous return for Somali refugees in Yemen to Somalia continued in 2018, bringing the total number of Somalis voluntarily returning to 2,270 persons.

05 Oct 2018 description

Despite increasing hostilities and access challenges, UNHCR continued to provide life-saving assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons during the first half of 2018.

Protection and shelter needs of IDP families have increased. In 2018, UNHCR has so far assisted over 572,000 IDPs, of whom over 84,000 were reached during the Hudaydah response.

UNHCR-assisted spontaneous return for Somali refugees in Yemen to Somalia continued in 2018, bringing the total number of Somalis voluntarily returning to 2,270 persons.

05 Oct 2018 description

Vaccination campaign covers war-torn areas of Hudaydah and Ibb

More than 306,000 people in Yemen, including over 164,000 children under the age of 15, were vaccinated against cholera as part of a joint WHO-UNICEF campaign that concluded today. The numbers are expected to go up as reports of the final day of the campaign come in. The six-day vaccination effort, carried out by 3,000 health workers in three districts in Hudaydah and Ibb, was made possible by a pause in fighting – known as ‘Days of Tranquility’ – agreed by parties to the conflict.

05 Oct 2018 description

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the OCHA Yemen office. The next report will be issued when additional information on the emergency becomes available.

I. Situation Overview

ESCALATED CONFLICT IN AL HUDAYDAH GOVERNORATE

Humanitarian situation in Al Hudaydah City

03 Oct 2018 description
report World Bank

Violent conflict has caused a dramatic deterioration of the economic and social conditions in the country. Output is estimated to have contracted by about 50 percent; household incomes have been declining since 2015, poverty has dramatically increased with an estimated 52 percent of the population living below US$1.90 a day PPP (or 81 percent at an income rate of US$3.20 a day). UNOCHA estimates that 22.2 million people in Yemen—approximately three-quarters of the entire population—are in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance.

03 Oct 2018 description

EDITORIAL

Even today, around 2.6 million men, women and especially children continue to die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water and an unsanitary environment.
This horrific figure is due to a little-known fact: in 2018, one third of the world’s population is still drinking water that can endanger their health. 2.6 billion people still lack adequate sanitation facilities.

02 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

Following an “important increase” in the number of suspected cholera cases recently in Yemen, a new vaccination campaign is underway in coordination with the government to prevent a third major outbreak, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.

About 540,000 women, children and men who received a first dose of the vaccine in August, in Hudaydah and Ibb governorates, are targeted in this new four-day campaign. More than 3,000 health workers have been trained and mobilized for this effort.

02 Oct 2018 description

Key Highlights

  • Served hot meals among 2,160 displaced individuals in Al-Marawah and Al-Qutaeei districts and distributed 89 shelter kits and 89 NFIs in Al-Mansouriah district in Hudaydah Governorate in the past week.

  • A total of 16,986 (4,239 men, 5,896 women, 3,448 boys, and 3,403 girls) IDPs and other conflict-affected Yemenis and 424 migrants (302 men, 38 women, 71 boys, and 13 girls) were provided with healthcare assistance, including Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and health promotion sessions.

01 Oct 2018 description
report Save the Children
  • Save the Children’s health centres report 170 per cent spike in suspected cases.

  • Malnutrition, displacement and attacks on water supplies could spark a new wave of the disease nationwide.

  • 100,000 severely malnourished children at risk in Hodeidah.

SANAA, October 2 – Suspected cholera cases have almost tripled in Yemen’s coastal Hodeidah region since fighting escalated in June.