Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #38, 28 February 2017

Situation Report
Originally published


Humanitarian Context:

  • Escalation of violence on Yemen’s Western Coast has resulted in significant civilian casualties and large scale displacement where over 44,000 people have recently fled the conflict throughout Taiz Governorate, including at least 25,000 from Al Mukha and Dhubab districts.

  • UN bodies remain concerned that fighting in and near ports, including the destruction of five cranes in Hodeidah Port is hampering the delivery aid in a country where seven million are facing severe food shortages. The UN has also warned that the country is on the brink of Famine and has called for decisive action by the international community to urgently fund the response.

  • With a cumulative number of 18,848 suspected AWD/Cholera cases and 99 deaths as of 31 January 2017, WHO warned that cholera cases have already been recorded in Al-Hodeidah and the new influx of displaced persons may aggravate the problem, especially with limited safe water and latrines. Malaria and dengue transmission are also ongoing in the governorate placing internally displaced persons at increased risk. In response to the cholera outbreak, Oxfam GB has reached 472,122 direct beneficiaries and 450,000 indirect beneficiaries through activities such as water trucking, construction of water pipelines, chlorination of water sources, cholera prevention trainings, stage drama events and hygiene awareness sessions focusing on cholera prevention through safe water storage and hand washing practices.