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Major assistance needs as conflict continues to disrupt livelihoods

  • Key Message Update
  • Yemen
  • September 2015
Major assistance needs as conflict continues to disrupt livelihoods

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    • Limited availability and high prices for fuel remain major factors in most of the country, with the exception of southern governorates and especially in Aden, where petrol is available in official markets. Although verified price information for September was not yet available, local contacts indicated that petrol prices increased during the second half of September in many areas, including Amran, Hajjah, Sana’a, Sa’dah, and Al Hudaydah. The fuel crisis has contributed to major electricity shortages in Sana’a City and elsewhere, particularly since mid-August. This poses an increasing threat to the functioning of health systems and water access.

    • Despite relative improvements to the security situation in Aden and surrounding areas, including the re-opening of the port of Aden in August as well as the resumption of operations at Aden Refinery Company in late September, further improvements in health system functioning, livelihoods recovery, access to clean water, and humanitarian assistance delivery are necessary to mitigate ongoing acute food insecurity. According to an August survey conducted by Unicef and the Ministry of Public Health and Population, the prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) in Aden was 19.2 percent (15.4 - 23.6; 95 percent C.I.).

    • In September, intensifying ground conflict in Mar’ib Governorate caused disruptions to supply routes for cooking gas to other governorates of central and northwestern parts of the country, particularly Sana’a, Amran, and Hajjah Governorates. In combination with the increased demand for cooking gas during Eid in late September, the shortages drove varied price increases in these areas, with reports indicating increases in the range of 50 percent above August levels.

    • The ongoing conflict and associated disruptions to normal livelihoods, as well as the limited availability and increased cost of key food and non-food items, continues to drive acute food insecurity throughout much of the country. At least six million people require urgent food assistance. Populations of particular concern include those trapped in active conflict areas without access to external assistance, including in Ta’izz Governorate, and those who have been displaced by the conflict.

       

      For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for July to December 2015.

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    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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