Yemen: Humanitarian Response Snapshot (October 2020)


Yemen continues to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with over 24 million people – 80 per cent of the population – in need of some form of humanitarian assistance or protection. In 2020, the situation, which is primarily driven by conflict and an economic blockade, has been exacerbated by COVID-19, heavy rains and flooding, escalating hostilities and currency collapse. In parallel, the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) remains hugely underfunded – as of 6 January 2021 only US$1.69 billion of the $3.23 billion needed had been received, while a fuel crisis has increased needs and restricted response activities, and ongoing access issues have hindered the aid operation. An alarming increase in levels of food insecurity and acute malnutrition are forecasted by the year end.

In the year to October 2020, 192 humanitarian organizations continued to deliver aid to an average of 10.4 million people a month. While the number of people reached with assistance decreased across many cluster areas, partners continued to provide support to millions of people – an average of 10.1 million were reached each month with food assistance, over 5.4 million were reached with WASH services, 600,397 were supported by Health Cluster partners and 461,884 received nutrition treatment. Nevertheless, in October most clusters were reaching only a small fraction of the number of people targeted for assistance each month.

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