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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Pakistan - Yemen

23 Sep 2020


Women and children in Umerkot, Pakistan, walk out of their home, which was devastated by the recent floods. Credit: WFP/Saiyna Bashir/Arete

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 23 September 2020

Pakistan: Impact of monsoon rains

Monsoon rains continue to affect several provinces in Pakistan since mid-June.

As a result, 400 people have been reportedly killed to date, more than 390 people injured, and more than 217,000 houses partially or completed damaged.

Sindh provincial government authorities report that 2.4 million people are affected in more than 15,000 villages. There are estimates of hundreds of thousands of people displaced, while the cotton crop, the major source of livelihoods, has been destroyed, just as it was ready for harvest.

The UN is conducting Rapid Need Assessments in nine districts. The Government, together with UN agencies and humanitarian partners, is providing assistance and relief items, including non-food items and shelter material, food packages, water and sanitation equipment, and hygiene kits.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, Julien Harneis, will release US$2.5 million from the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund in the coming days for the response in Sindh.


Yemen: Humanitarian Coordinator Statement

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, issued a statement today confirming that 15 of the UN’s 41 major humanitarian programmes in Yemen have already been reduced or shut down and 30 more will be in coming weeks unless additional funding is received.

“This is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, yet we don’t have the resources we need to save the people who are suffering and will die if we don’t help,” said Ms. Grande.
Between April and August, UN agencies have been forced to reduce food distributions, cut health services in more than 300 facilities and halt specialized services for hundreds of thousands of traumatized and highly vulnerable women and girls.

Only US$1 billion of the $3.2 billion needed has been received this year.

“We need authorities to put in place the conditions that allow humanitarians to deliver aid in accordance with universal humanitarian principles. We need parties to the conflict to lift the blockade and do everything possible to minimize the impact of the war on families and communities. We ask that donors stand in solidarity with the people of Yemen, dig deep and continue to provide the resources we need,” she said.

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 per cent of the population – more than 24 million people – require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection.

Today, Sweden and the European Union co-hosted a high-level humanitarian event on Yemen on the margins of the UN General Assembly. The event underlined the severe crisis in Yemen, including the risk of famine, and urged rapid disbursement of all pledges, as well as increased support.