A Level 3 emergency response declaration has been issued for Yemen.
Violence continues to spread across Yemen with offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) being attacked, 54 health facilities directly damaged due to the conflict and 462 schools affected since the escalation of the conflict.
There are now 1,267,590 internally displaced people, a 24 per cent increase since mid-June.
Imports of commercial supplies, particularly food, fuel and medicines, continue to be severely below precrisis levels. A 1.8 million MT shortfall in fuel (equivalent to three months’ average use) and a 400,000 MT shortfall in cereal imports are currently reported.
Land transport costs have increased over 500 per cent since the escalation of violence in March.
Human traffickers continue to prey on vulnerable migrants, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa being smuggled by boats into Yemen despite the conflict. Most migrants claim to be unaware of the conflict and hundreds are reportedly being kidnapped both at sea and once arriving on Yemen’s shores.
21.1m Affected people - 80 per cent of the population
11.7m Targeted for assistance in 2015
1,267,590 Internally displaced people (IDPs)
4.4m People reached by partners since the escalation of conflict
3,261 Registered deaths resulting from conflict
15,811 Registered injuries resulting from conflict
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), comprised of UN agencies and international NGO partners, has declared a Level 3 (L3) emergency response for Yemen. The IASC L3 Humanitarian System Wide Emergency Response Activation is an extraordinary measure applied in exceptional circumstances where the severity of humanitarian crisis justifies mobilization beyond normally expected levels. It aims to ensure a more effective response to the humanitarian needs of affected people in the most complex circumstances around the world. Humanitarian partners will continue to build on achievements to date while bolstering their presence and their resources in Yemen.
Since conflict escalated in late March, humanitarian partners have reached more than 4.4 million people, including 1.9 million people who received emergency food assistance, 3.3 million people who benefited from water supply, and more than 880,000 people who received medical care. To meet the growing needs and despite the security and financial constraints, humanitarian partners are returning to Yemen to expand operational presence. Hubs outside the capital, Sana’a, are being established in order to reach the most affected people in all governorates.
Achievements, however, fall short against the growing needs, with violence escalating and humanitarian access diminishing. During this reporting period, offices of UNDP and IOM were attacked in Aden. Fifty-four medical centres have been directly damaged due to the conflict , and 462 schools affected, including 10 directly hit during the past week. Over 19,000 casualties - people killed and injured - have been reported as a result of the increased conflict, and the number of displaced has grown to over 1.2 million.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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