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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen, Ukraine

28 Jul 2022

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A child heading to a water distribution point to get clean water in Dar Saad IDP site in Aden, Yemen. Credit: UNOCHA/Mahmoud Fadel-YPN
 

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –  28 July 2022

Yemen

Torrential rains and heavy flooding have hit several areas across Yemen over the last two weeks, causing extensive damage to public infrastructure, shelters for displaced people and other private property.

Across the country, approximately 86,000 people have been affected, including more than 10,000 families in Marib who had already been displaced by the war. Local authorities so far estimate at least 29 people have been killed in six governorates (Abyan, Al Mahwit, Dhamar, Raymah, Sana’a and Shabwa).

Humanitarian agencies are providing the worst affected families with emergency food, hygiene kits and other supplies. So far nearly 8,000 people have received assistance, and additional shelter support has also been provided to more than 1,600 families.

Flooding in Yemen is a seasonal threat. Unfortunately, many of the sectors in the Humanitarian Response Plan that address floods are drastically underfunded. For example, the shelter response has received only 18 per cent of its requirements so far. We urge all donors to increase support for the Yemen humanitarian response plan.

Ukraine

Our humanitarian colleagues in the country are raising alarm about a new wave of shelling and airstrikes having a high impact on civilians across most of the country. Over the last 24 hours, at least 10 of the country’s 24 oblasts have experienced attacks, including intense fighting reported in the Donbas region, according to our partners on the ground and local authorities.

In Donetska oblast, strikes and fighting have reportedly left many people killed or injured over the last 24 hours, on both side of the front line. Yesterday, for example, a hotel was hit and completely destroyed in Bakhmut, in the Government-controlled-areas of the oblast, leaving an unconfirmed number of people injured and at least one dead.

The situation is also critical in the southern Mykolaivska oblast, where civilians have endured daily shelling and airstrikes for more than a week. According to humanitarian security reports, Mykolaivska oblast has been impacted by attacks at least 184 times in July alone, which, besides damaging and destroying infrastructure, have killed over 20 civilians and injured more than 80 others.

In Luhanska oblast, although fighting has reduced since the Russian Federation forces and affiliated groups took control of most of the region, the humanitarian situation is reportedly increasingly critical. The UN and our humanitarian partners have not had access to the region since early June, but the reports we have received from local authorities say that access to water and sanitation services, as well as much-needed health care is extremely limited.

Across Ukraine, the UN and our humanitarian partners have provided critical assistance to over 11 million people. However, insecurity and impediments imposed by the parties to the conflict are hampering operations and impacting our ability to provide life-saving assistance to those who are the most impacted by the war.