Yemen

Yemen: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 4

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This report is based on information provided by the Yemenis Civil Defense Authority, the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen, and the OCHA/UNDAC team in Yemen, as well as various news reports.

Highlights

- The early recover phase is starting, though there are still areas that have not been assessed, including the 20,000 Bedouins living in the mountains and some areas in Al-Mahara.

- The UN agencies and NGOs plan to issue a Floods Response Plan, outlining the needs and a response strategy.

Situation

1. Although the most affected areas in Hadramout and Al-Mahara governorates have passed the acute emergency/life-saving phase, there are still areas that have not been assessed, including the 20,000 Bedouins living in the mountains and some areas of Al-Mahara. Currently, the Government of Yemen and WHO are conducting assessments in Al-Mahara.

2. The latest overview of the estimated casualties and damages:

Hadramout
Al-Mahara
68 deaths, 12 missing, 60 injured 5 deaths, 5 missing, 4 injured
2,556 houses destroyed 708 houses, 2082 huts destroyed, 1,327 houses damaged
25,000 people in need of shelter 619 farms washed away
75% of farmers affected 447 fishermen lost equipment
50% of population (650,000) affected 95 fishing boats lost

3. Access to safe drinking water, the prevention of waterborne diseases, 25,000 persons living in temporary shelter, and the continued need for food assistance remain as areas of concern. 45 schools continue to accommodate affected populations, in addition to mosques, clubs and other public buildings as well as host families. The issue of relocation is being discussed, while there remains unwillingness among the affected people to move to camps, since it is considered as culturally inappropriate and concerns are raised over protection of property.

4. The Government of Yemen has given permission to people to return to their damaged/collapsed houses to collect some of their possessions until 7 November. After that date, the Government will use heavy machinery to clean the damaged areas to eliminate any chances of diseases and possible further collapses. On a daily bases, roads are opening and distribution of relief assistance is being expanded.

National Response

5. The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation called a meeting of partners on 6 November to discuss needs and assistance. The UN presented the findings of the assessment on humanitarian and early recovery needs, and the World Bank presented the resent findings of infrastructure and shelter needs assessment.

International Response

6. The UN agencies and NGOs are in the process of finalizing a Floods Response Plan, outlining the needs and a response strategy. This document will include a list of projects to cover the needs in the food, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, shelter and non-food items, camp management, protection and education sector. Some initial early recovery needs in the livelihood sector are also included. The document is expected to be released in the coming days.

7. MSF Spain and France conducted an assessment in the affected areas and concluded that at this point, there will be no MSF intervention. However, they noted that there is a risk of waterborne diseases, diarrhea, and cholera outbreaks, malaria and dengue. If needed, MSF and Médecins du Monde are ready to intervene.

8. Islamic Relief and Oxfam requested a water engineer to assist them in preventing waterborne diseases and purifying water as a matter of priority. Islamic Relief USA has committed USD 100,000 for relief efforts for water and sanitation activities. They will work with Oxfam to best utilize their combined resources.

9. Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) is planning to provide medical supplies, food, and non-food items to a few specific villages/towns in Tarim district. ADRA is also interested in recovery/ rehabilitation, particularly of re-establishing livelihoods, but will wait for more information about the needs.

10. USAID/OFDA provided USD 349,000 in response to the flood situation. USD 50,000 were provided to WFP for the transport of emergency food and non-food items and USD 299,000 were allocated to UN agencies to support transportation of food and emergency relief supplies.

11. The Government of Singapore announced its contribution of USD 20,000 worth of emergency relief supplies. The Arab Association of Singapore and Mercy Relief will be coordinating the relief efforts on the ground.

Coordination

12. A UN support and coordination hub composed of several agencies including UNHCR,

UNICEF, WFP, WHO and OCHA has been set up in Sayun, Hadramout, to facilitate joint assessments and distributions and to support the local Government's coordination efforts.

13. The UNDAC team is supporting the Government of Yemen in assessing information to track incoming bilateral and multilateral assistance and is coordinating closely with the UN agencies and NGOs.

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