WORLD Floods force over 10,000 displaced Yemenis to flee from shelters: UN

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Floods force over 10,000 displaced Yemenis to flee from shelters: UN

Xinhua

06:42, August 05, 2020

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations and partner organizations are assessing humanitarian needs for more than 10,000 displaced people fleeing their temporary shelters from severe flooding in several parts of Yemen, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said that while it is too early for casualty estimates, the destruction of homes, relief supplies and other property has been reported.

Emergency assistance is being mobilized for the worst affected areas in Abyan, Marib, Amran, Saada, al-Jawf, Ibb and al-Dhale governorates.

Heavier than usual rains have battered Yemen this year, which is worsening an already catastrophic humanitarian situation that includes the growing risk of famine, the devastating impact of COVID-19 and other challenges, the spokesman said, adding that more rain is expected in the coming days.

Yemen, in the fifth year of a civil war, is suffering from what was dubbed earlier as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Haq said the Yemen relief response plan is only 21 percent funded. Cuts to donor funding are forcing core programs to close or reduce support across sectors, including food, water, health and nutrition.

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