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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Yemen

27 Apr 2021

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The landscape of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is shrouded in an ash blanket as a result of the eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano that began on 9 April 2021. © Stv Online via UN News

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 27 April 2021

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

A UN team, working with the UN Environment Programme and OCHA, is deployed in the country and in neighbouring Barbados to provide specialized environmental assistance in support of both governments following La Soufrière’s eruption.

The 14-person team, 12 of whom are in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, comprises five environmental specialists with expertise in geology, ash management, environmental pollution and green response.

Air quality, currently considered moderately unsafe according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, ash management and related water and soil contamination are among the main environmental concerns.

Other challenges include sanitation in shelters, the excessive use of plastics as well as the large amount of waste generated by ongoing relief efforts.

Food security and livelihoods have also been affected due to the impact of the eruption on agriculture, livestock production, marine ecosystems and ecotourism.

La Soufrière volcano continues to erupt and remains at red alert level. Thirty-one explosive eruptions have occurred between 9 April and 21 April. An estimated 16,000 to 20,000 people have been affected. No casualties have been reported to date.

 

Yemen

Fierce fighting continues in Marib governorate, Yemen.

Nearly 20,000 people have been displaced by violence in the region since early February, and dozens of civilians have been killed or injured.

Humanitarian organizations are on the ground responding to these growing humanitarian needs. Today, the UN started regular UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flights to Marib. This will cut the journey down to two hours from seven, and will help the humanitarian community quickly deliver much-needed assistance.

Over recent weeks, hostilities have also escalated in other parts of Yemen, causing devastating loss of life and hardship for Yemenis, many of whom are on the brink of starvation. The UN continues to call for a nationwide ceasefire.

The UN and partners also urgently need more support to sustain the life-saving response in Marib and across Yemen. The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan is currently 34 per cent funded, with US$1.32 billion received out of $3.85 billion required.