Aaliyah, a 7-year-old IDP, fetches clean water from a newly rehabilitated water.
Aaliyah, a 7-year-old internally displaced person (IDP), fetches clean water from a newly rehabilitated water point funded by USAID/OFDA and installed by partner ADRA in Sana’a Governorate, Yemen.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

Key Developments

Tropical Cyclone Chapala made landfall over mainland Yemen on November 3, bringing heavy rainfall, strong winds, and storm surges to coastal areas, primarily in Hadramawt and Shabwah governorates, and potentially affecting up to estimated 1.1 million people in Yemen, the UN reports. UN agencies and relief organizations pre-positioned supplies and staff for deployment to storm-affected areas beginning the week of October 26.

In recent weeks, Republic of Yemen Government officials have agreed to participate in peace talks with al-Houthi authorities and Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress Party, under the auspices of UN Security Council Resolution 2216. UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed recently reported that the negotiations are expected to commence by mid-November.

As of mid-October, conflict and insecurity in Yemen had internally displaced more than 2.3 million people. Relief agencies attribute this increase of more than 865,900 individuals since August to improved data collection methods for tracking previously displaced populations and continued conflict resulting in additional displacements.

Humanitarian conditions remain dire across Yemen. In besieged Ta’izz Governorate, an estimated 3.3 million people are facing food and fuel supply shortages, deteriorated access to health services and medications, and limited availability of safe drinking water, according to the UN.

Commercial and humanitarian deliveries of basic commodities, including fuel, to Yemen have gradually increased in recent weeks following improved access to Yemeni ports as of mid-October, according to logistics actors.









Total U.S. Government Assistance to Yemen and Neighboring Countries


*These figures are current as of November 6, 2015


Since 2004, conflict between the RoYG and al-Houthi opposition forces has affected more than 1 million people and repeatedly displaced populations in northern Yemen. In the wake of the Arab Spring, increased fighting between RoYG military forces and tribal and militant groups further limited the capacity of the RoYG to provide basic services, exacerbated deteriorating humanitarian conditions among impoverished populations, and resulted in displacement in northern, central, and southern Yemen.

More recently, rising fuel and food prices, high levels of unemployment, conflict, and conflict-related displacement have left nearly half of Yemen’s 24.8 million people food insecure, of which 1 million children suffer from acute malnutrition—the second-highest child malnutrition level in the world. Although overall improvement in the security situation in southern Yemen since 2011 has facilitated the return of more than 150,000 IDPs to areas of origin since July 2012, Yemen hosts an increasing number of migrants and refugees—242,000, the majority from the Horn of Africa—who are also in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Last updated: November 20, 2015

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