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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Viet Nam - Yemen

19 Oct 2020


A settlement for internally displaced people in Dar Saad, Aden, Yemen, March 2019. Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 19 October 2020

Viet Nam: Floods impact and response

The Central region of Viet Nam has experienced prolonged, heavy rains since 6 October, causing severe and widespread flooding and landslides.

An estimated 5 million people have been affected. As of 18 October, and according to official data, 90 people have lost their lives and 34 people are still missing. Some 136,000 houses have been flooded and 66,500 people remain evacuated from their houses.

Further rain is expected in the coming days, which could result in yet more flooding in affected areas.

The UN, as well as international non-governmental organizations and the Viet Nam Red Cross, are closely monitoring the situation with the Government and stand ready to provide support as required. In the meanwhile, the UN has mobilized some funds for assessment and coordination.

The Government has identified shelter, food, water and sanitation, health care and cash assistance as priority needs. Joint Government-UN-NGO assessment teams are due to visit flood-affected areas tomorrow to determine what additional support is required.


Yemen: Humanitarian situation update

The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to worsen as clashes resurge in Hudaydah, Taiz and elsewhere in the country.

More than 8,000 people have been displaced in October due to the recent escalation in violence. The UN and humanitarian partners are providing shelter, non-food items, food and drinking water to the newly displaced people.

Against this backdrop, COVID-19 continues to spread unchecked across the country. While the number of cases reported continues to show a decline, indicators suggest that the number of confirmed cases and deaths fall below actual numbers due to lack of testing facilities, official reporting, and people seeking treatment.

In parallel, the threat of hunger for millions of people is on the rise. Some 20 million people are food insecure, including nearly 10 million facing acute food insecurity. Some 2 million children require treatment for acute malnutrition, of which 360,000 are at risk of dying without treatment.

The lack of funding is crippling humanitarian operations in the country. Sixteen of the UN’s 41 major programmes have already been reduced or shut down, and 26 more will close or reduce services by the end of the year unless additional funding is received.

To date, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is only 42 per cent funded ($1.43 billion of $3.38 billion ask) – the lowest level ever so late in the year.

The UN calls on all donors to pay outstanding pledges and increase their support.