Fighting escalated in March 2015, and an armed advance on the capital in September 2014 by Houthis from the north triggered a civil war throughout the country. ? A coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia is supporting the Yemeni government with airstrikes. Activities by southern secessionists, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Islamic State (IS) compound the security and political challenges.? The economy is also failing, with the Central Bank near collapse. ?22.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance including 11.3 million in acute need.?
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) declared Yemen a Level 3 emergency in July 2015. INFORM measures Yemen's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster at a very high level of 7.6/10. Hazard and exposure as well as lack of coping capacity and vulnerability are all at alarming levels: 8.1/10, 7.9/10 and 6.9/10 respectively.?
11/05: A sharp escalation of conflict, including airstrikes on densely populated areas, raises major protection concerns; over 470 civilian casualties were reported in April compared to 180 in March.?
WASH: 16.0 million people are in need of WASH assistance - 11.6 million of whom are in acute need.?
Health: 16.4 million people lack access to healthcare - 9.3 million of whom are in acute need. Almost 2,000 health facilities have stopped or reduced operations.?
Food security: Imports of staple foods have decreased significantly since the escalation of conflict, leading to steep price increases. Yemen ordinarily imports 90% of its staple foods.?
Information Gaps and needs
Limited information available on the needs of the Muhamasheen minority (10% of population), who live in dire conditions and are more in need than the average population.
Underreporting of casualties due to the collapse of the health system. No updates on prevalent diseases such as dengue
- Limited access means detailed data on humanitarian needs is not always available.