WFP Yemen Situation Report # 6, June 2021 – Yemen

In numbers

20.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance *

4 million internally displaced people

16.2 million people are food insecure (IPC 3+)

*According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) 2021

Strong points

  • WFP targeted 11.9 million Yemenis with general food assistance as part of the June distributions.

  • 6,918 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported as of the end of June.

  • WFP needs $ 458.2 million to continue its unhindered operations over the next six months (July 2021 – December 2021).

Situation update (including security)

  • The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Yemen, which began on April 20, continued in June in areas under the jurisdiction of the internationally recognized government of Yemen (IRG). By March 31, Yemen had received a first batch of 360,000 doses of vaccine through the global COVAX vaccine sharing program and by the end of June, more than 251,000 doses had been administered in IRG areas. . In areas under Sana’a-based authorities, the COVID-19 vaccination campaign began in mid-June. The 10,000 vaccine doses available will only target health workers at this stage and will be administered at the Ministry of Health in Sana’a under the aegis of the WHO. In addition, the UN staff vaccination campaign started in June in Yemen, targeting UN staff and their dependents. A total of 2,700 doses were provided to immunize United Nations staff, partners and their dependents in Yemen.

  • In areas under Sana’a-based authorities, the fuel crisis improved when the Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) announced that gasoline was available at its stations from June 11. In June, a total of four tankers completed the unloading of 88,687 mt of fuel at the port of Al Hodeidah, while a total of four ships carrying 97,900 mt of fuel continue to be detained in the area. expectation of the Saudi-led coalition (SLC). With the improvement of the fuel crisis, the WFP operation previously reported a delay of three to four days at the district level where fuel was not always available has now increased to one or two days.

  • WFP’s Food Security Update (June 2021) reviewed food security trends in Yemen, beyond conflict and COVID-19. More households were unable to meet their minimum food needs in 2021 compared to previous years due to the increase in global food prices since May 2020, reduced fuel imports, soaring global food prices and the volatility of the exchange rate. As a result, the cost of the Minimum Food Basket (MFB) increased significantly in 2021. The average cost of the MFB in June reached 9,133 YER / person / month in areas under IRG and 6,453 / person / month in areas under the Sana’a-based authorities compared to the average cost of the MFB in December 2020 of 7,497 / person / month and 5,445 / person / month, respectively.

  • The military escalation in Marib governorate that began in February intensified in June and resulted in the displacement of more than 22,000 people, while numbers remain dynamic with strong population movements reported in different parts of the governorate . In its response plan, WFP verifies that some 20,500 new internally displaced people will be included in its regular assistance.

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