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Cholera outbreak grows; potential for disruption to Al Hudaydah ports remains a concern

  • Key Message Update
  • Yemen
  • May 2017
Cholera outbreak grows; potential for disruption to Al Hudaydah ports remains a concern

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  • Key Messages
    • Conflict in Yemen continues to be the primary driver of the largest food security emergency in the world. Currently, large populations face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity, the latter of which is associated with an increased risk of excess mortality. IDP populations and poor households in conflict zones are likely facing the most severe food security outcomes.

    • UNVIM data suggest food imports through Al Hudaydah and Salif ports decreased in April compared to March 2017, but remained higher than in January and February 2017. The potential for increased conflict to disrupt operation of Hudaydah and Salif ports remains a significant concern for future imports. In a worst-case scenario, significant declines in commercial imports below requirement levels and conflict that cuts populations off from trade and humanitarian assistance for an extended period of time could drive food security outcomes in line with Famine (IPC Phase 5). 

    • In May, WFP reports targeting 2.1 million people with full rations of humanitarian assistance, and another 3.9 million people with rations covering 60 percent of monthly food needs. Currently available information suggests ongoing humanitarian assistance is likely mitigating Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes at the area level in eight governorates (Abyan, Ad Dali, Aden, Lahj, Saadah, Sana’a, Shabwah, and Taizz).

    • The 14th report of the Task Force on Population Movement identified approximately two million internally displaced people and 0.9 million returnees as of April 1st, 2017, noting a slight decrease in the number of returnees in Al Hudaydah and Taizz as a result of redisplacement associated with conflict on the western coast. Approximately 75% of the internally displaced people originate from Taizz, Hajjah, Saada, and Sana’a City.

    • As of May 25, the ongoing cholera outbreak has expanded to 210 districts in 19 out of the 22 governorates. More than 42,000 suspected cases have been reported between April 27 and May 24, 2017, over half of which were reported in Sana’a City, Hajjah, Amran, and Sana’a governorates. The outbreak is attributed to poor water sanitation and hygiene and could lead to increased mortality, as well as reduced productive capacity for affected households.  

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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