WFP Yemen Situation Report # 8, August 2021 – Yemen
20.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance
16.2 million people in a situation of food insecurity
47,000 people in conditions close to famine
4 million internally displaced people
• WFP targeted 12 million people in Yemen with general food assistance in August.
• The economic situation continued to deteriorate in August, as the Yemeni riyal (YER) continued to depreciate in areas under the jurisdiction of the internationally recognized government of Yemen (IRG).
• Hostilities continued in Ma’rib Governorate, displacing 24,800 people at the end of August.
• The office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator warns that Yemen is entering a third wave of COVID-19 infections, with a notable increase in the number of new daily cases seen in August.
• Heavy rains and flooding continued in several areas of Al Hodeidah, Al Mahwit, Raymah and Hajjah governorates in August.
Update of the situation
Food security situation
• On August 5, the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) released a key message update for Yemen, noting how rising food prices are driving down purchasing power in a low-cost environment. income significantly below average.
• WFP Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) data released in August shows continued high rates of inadequate food consumption across Yemen.
• The Yemeni riyal continued to depreciate in August, hitting 1,015 YER / 1 USD in areas under the Regonized International Government of Yemen (IRG). By month’s end, the YER had lost some 79% of its value in areas under IRG from pre-crisis levels. Meanwhile, the YER remains stable in areas under Sana’a-based authorities and averaged 599 YER / USD 1 in August 2021, roughly the same as in January 2020. Compared to levels in January 2020. before the crisis, the YER lost 64% of its value in areas under Sana’a-based authorities.
• In August, no ships were allowed to unload at the port of Al Hodeidah, while a total of four ships carrying 77,012 tonnes of fuel are still being held in the holding area of the coalition led by the Saudi Arabia (SLC). In areas under the authority of Sana’a-based authorities, all Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) service stations have been closed since August 7, and vehicles are now refueling at commercial service stations at a price of $ 0.9 per liter for diesel and petrol.
• Although there has been no major disruption to WFP operations due to the fuel crisis, a delay of one to two days is still reported at the district level where fuel was not always available. available. In IRG areas, YPC gas stations were opened and a new price was announced in the second week of August for gasoline at $ 0.610 per liter from the previous official rate of 0 , $ 31 per liter.
• The military escalation in Marib governorate that began in February continued into August and has resulted in the displacement of more than 24,800 people so far this year at the end of the month.
• In August 2021, WFP targeted some 469,500 people in Marib governorate with food assistance, while preparing to verify the needs and status of approximately 133,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs). who would need food aid in the governorate.
• Heavy rains and flooding continued in several areas of Al Hodeidah, Al Mahwit, Raymah and Hajjah governorates in August, affecting an estimated 165,000 people. By the end of August, the interagency RRM had assisted about 7,300 people in flood-affected governorates, including some 3,900 people who are expected to receive WFP food assistance.
• On August 22, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator warned that Yemen was entering a third wave of COVID-19 infections. In August, daily new cases saw a notable increase, with some 7,829 cases and 1,469 deaths recorded by WHO at the end of the month.