Yemen Conflict - ETC Situation Report #24 (Reporting Period: 18/05/2018 to 30/06/2018)

Situation Report
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• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has developed a contingency plan based on a worst-case scenario and presented it to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) during the Cluster Defence meetings.

• The ETC is currently developing a project proposal for an additional Services for Communities (S4C) project in Sana’a University, which would involve the ETC rehabilitating the IT infrastructure at the university to allow students to continue their studies.

Situation Overview

The security situation in general remains tense and unpredictable. Cyclone Mekunu struck southeastern Yemen on 25 May and was the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall in the region in recorded history. The Yemeni island of Socotra bore the brunt of the cyclone, receiving heavy rainfall, flash flooding and downed power lines. Several ships were reported to have capsized.

At the same time, heavy fighting continued in different parts of Al Hudaydah governorate with the Saudi-led coalition reaching Al Hudaydah airport. Airstrikes were reported in some locations in Al Hudaydah City. Humanitarian partners continue to respond to the needs of the displaced population through the provision of life-saving assistance, comprising food, water and health services across the governorate.

Access to warehouses has become difficult due to ongoing fighting and blockage of some roads. The repair of the water and sewage system in the city is a critical priority since the pipes were damaged when trenches were being dug up by warring factions.

The conflict continues to displace people within their own districts and to neighbouring governorates including Sana’a, Dhamar and Ibb. As displacement continues, humanitarian partners have scaled up coordinated assistance to affected people in all areas hosting displaced families. However, in some districts, the fighting is limiting access to displaced people. Electricity is unavailable in most areas of Al Hudaydah City and water shortages are reported due to recent damage to the supply pipes. Sanitation problems are also reported in some IDP sites, which could trigger a cholera outbreak.