Yemen mVAM Bulletin #22: May 2017 - Food security worsens across the country during the lean season

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 May 2017

Key points

  • Food consumption deteriorates in Al Mahwit,Dhamar and Sana’a.

  • More households in Aden are resorting to severe coping strategies.

  • More respondents are concerned about lack of income and the spread of diseases as a new spike in cholera cases is reported.

Situation update

As the conflict intensifies in Hudaydah Governorate,concerns are mounting over the possible humanitarian implications of an assault on Hudaydah City. Airstrikes targeted several coastal areas of southern Hudaydah Governorate this month. UNHCR is warning of the potential for more large-scale displacement,estimating as a worst case scenario that as many as half a million additional people might be displaced across Hudaydah Governorate,further increasing needs in an area that already hosts more than 100,000 IDPs and suffers from critical levels of food insecurity. Meanwhile,the UN,NGOs and others continue to voice concern regarding the humanitarian consequences of the potential inaccessibility of Hudaydah Port due to fighting.

A cholera outbreak was reported in Yemen on 27 April. Since then,the number of acute watery diarrhoea or reported suspected cholera cases has increased to reach over 42,207,including 420 deaths,and the infection rate is rising quickly. The outbreak has affected18 districts with more than half of the total cases reported in Sana’a City (Amanat Al-Asimah), Hajjah, Amran and Sana’a governorates. A state of emergency has been declared in the governorate.