• Despite ongoing conflict, humanitarian access to parts of Al-Wazi’iyah and Mawza districts in Taizz Governorate has improved, including from Aden and Al-Turbah City.
• Hundreds of families have fled military operations in Altuhayat District, Al Hudaydah Governorate, with an estimated 705 arriving in Zabid and Al-Garrahi districts.
• Heavy rains affected several governorates in the southern coastal areas as Cyclone Sagar passed the Gulf of Aden, but minimal damage was reported.
• Health Cluster partners finalise cholera preparedness plans as rains could trigger another epidemic.
• The total number of households displaced by conflict to areas accessible by the Aden Hub has significantly increased to 15,600.
• A humanitarian organisation suspends activities inside Taizz City due to security concerns.
• April was the deadliest month for civilians in Yemen according to the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
• Six months of conflict have displaced over 100,000 people into areas covered by the Aden hub.
• Decline in food and fuel imports reported in April.
• UNHAS continues to provide critical air service, more than 1,000 aid workers were transported in the month of April
• Deconfliction requests increased in April compared to March.
100,000 PEOPLE DISPLACED TO SOUTHERN GOVERNORATES BY SIX MONTHS OF CONFLICT
• Humanitarian partners are concerned at the safety of more than 4,000 civilians near the frontlines in Al Hudaydah Governorate.
• Updated casualty figures compiled by WHO from health facilities indicate that nearly 9,500 people were killed and 55,000 more were injured over the last three years.
• The purchasing power of the Yemeni currency is now below half of what it used it to be.
CONCERNS AT THE SAFETY OF CIVILIANS LIVING NEAR FRONTLINES IN AL HUDAYDAH GOVERNORATE
• Continued fighting in Yemen’s western governorates of Al Hudaydah and Taizz has displaced more than 19,000 households.
• The losses caused by the fire in the WFP warehouse in Al Hudaydah on 31 March amount to USD 5 million. A fire reportedly broke out in a WFP mobile storage unit for non-food items in Al Hudaydah city on 16 April. Initial reports indicate that the fire has caused minimal damage.
• A WHO-chartered cargo plane delivered 19 tons of medical supplies to Sana’a Airport.
The US$2.01 billion that was pledged last week by donors, if fully disbursed, will account for almost 70 per cent of the 2018 YHRP funding requirements.
Humanitarian response activities are ongoing in northern governorates despite intensified airstrikes and fighting, especially in Sa’ada and Al Jawf.
Analysis shows that more than 57 per cent of all districts were impacted by conflict in 2017; the worst affected witnessed daily airstrikes or armed clashes.
• More than 1.2 million people in need are located in the most inaccessible parts of Yemen
• A fire at a WFP warehouse in Al Hudaydah destroyed over 3,420 MT of relief food items
• A sharp escalation in aerial attacks was reported in Sa’ada and Al Jawf governorates
• Donors at a high-level pledging conference pledged $2.01billion for the 2018 YHRP
More than 9.2 million people in need in areas with high access constraints
Cooking gas and fuel shortages
The shortage of cooking gas in several northern governorates has entered the second month. Available gas is retailing at about 8,000 YER per 20-litre cylinder, compared to about 5,000 YER three weeks ago.
Access constraints in the northern governorates
Humanitarian organisations continue to confront obstacles to reaching people in need across the northern governorates. In Hajjah and Raymah governorates, in recent weeks, implementing partners have been held up on three separate occasions at checkpoints after returning from humanitarian missions.
UPDATE FROM THE HUMANITARIAN HUBS
Aden: Protracted hostilities on Yemen’s west coast are leading an increasing number of people fleeing their homes towards southern governorates. As of 12 February, humanitarian partners in Aden have recorded over 7,100 households displaced since December 2017.
Approximately 500 newly displaced households were reported having arrived within the last week. Most IDPs originate from the governorates of Al Hudaydah, Taizz and Al Bayda.
Protracted clashes in Al Hudaydah Governorate
Military operations and airstrikes intensified in the western coastal areas of Yemen in November 2017, leading to the takeover of Al Khawkhah district by Government of Yemen (GoY) forces.
A total of 4.3 million litres is required each month to support health facilities and Local Water Sanitation Corporations across Yemen as identified by the Cluster Lead Agencies. The tables below indicate the breakdown of requirements for each facility.
FUEL REQUIREMENTS (LITRES) FOR WATER & SANITATION AND COLD CHAINS
22.2 million people in Yemen need assistance in 2018 – one million more than in June 2017.
The 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan seeks US$2.96 billion to assist 13.1 million people.
Diphtheria has killed 48 Yemenis in 19 governorates.
In 2017, the YHF allocated $129 m to 53 partners to implement 111 projects.
The world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis
A cautious calm is being reported in Aden following three days of fighting during which the Southern Transitional Council (STC) seized control of most of the city from forces loyal to the Government of Yemen (GoY).
Some shops have re-opened in the city and civilians have been able to move out of their homes to stock up on essential supplies. Schools are still closed except in Al Bureka districts. Operations at Aden airport and sea port have yet to resume.
Implications on the humanitarian situation
Fighting in Aden between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the Aden-based Government of Yemen has continued into the third day. After a night of heavy shelling, some normalcy returned on 30 January to Khor Maksar area, where the UN offices are located, but sporadic shooting could still be heard. Heavy clashes were reported in Dar Saad and Crater areas, with the STC reportedly taking over the 4th Presidential Guards Base in Dar Saad.
Heavy clashes erupted in Aden on 28 January between forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the internationally recognized Government of Yemen (GoY). Small and heavy gunfire was heard in the morning near the enclave in Khor Maksar district, where UN offices are located.