Yemen

WFP Yemen Situation Report #19, 15 February 2016

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  • Pipeline shortfalls mean that WFP will need to reduce individual entitlements for the months of January-March to 75 percent of the full entitlement.

  • WFP is scaling up its push to reach Taiz. A second convoy of WFP trucks in two months, carrying food for 3,000 families (18,000 people), reached Taiz city on 13 February.

  • In January, WFP reached 2,587,000 beneficiaries in 17 governorates, including in all ten IPC Level 4 “emergency” governorates. In February so far, WFP has reached 530,500 people in 12 governorates, with distributions ongoing.

Situation Update

  • The security situation throughout Yemen remains precarious, particularly in Aden, Taiz and areas surrounding Sana’a. In Aden, clashes are ongoing between coalition-supported pro-Government forces and militants of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), while pro-Government forces have taken control of areas south of Sana’a and are reportedly within 30-40 kilometres of the city’s outskirts.

  • Taiz continues to be one of the worst affected governorates in Yemen. On 15 February, WFP warned that the severe food insecurity situation in Taiz was approaching famine levels. A convoy of WFP trucks carrying food for 3,000 families, accompanied by a mission led by the WFP Representative in Yemen, arrived in Taiz city on 13 February.