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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

06 May 2021

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Families at a site for internally displaced people in Al-Dhale’e Governorate, Yemen, February 2020. © Mahmoud Fadel-YPN for OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 6 May 2021

Yemen

In Yemen, the humanitarian situation is falling off a cliff and more than 20 million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance.

This includes more than 16 million who are going hungry this year. Tens of thousands of people are already living in famine-like conditions, with 5 million more just one step away.

COVID infections have been surging, with hospitals and health facilities reportedly turning away patients due to lack resources to treat them.

Conflict has been escalating, particularly in Marib, where an offensive by Houthi forces has so far displaced nearly 20,000 people and threatens the safety of millions.

The rainy season is also getting under way, with floods in recent days affecting more than 22,000 people – most of whom were already displaced and living in inadequate shelters.

Aid agencies need US$3.85 billion to hold back a massive famine, respond to the COVID surge and meet other critical needs this year. To date, the response plan is only 34 per cent funded.

In 2020, aid agencies received half of the funds needed, forcing them to cut back aid and shut down programmes. The aid operation in Yemen used to help nearly 14 million people per month. That’s now down to about 10 million people a month mainly as a result of funding cuts.