Over 90 per cent of displaced people return home in south Yemen

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More than 90 per cent of the people who had been displaced by conflict in southern Yemen have returned to their homes, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA).

However, OCHA cautions that this good news doesn't mean that the international community should stop its support to Yemeni authorities.

The internally displaced people who UNHCR registered after they fled fighting are heading back to their homes in southern Yemen. © UNHCR/R.Nuri

It says that many of the internally displaced persons, or IDPs, who have returned to their homes are living in damaged houses in need of reconstruction.

Jens Laerke is OCHA spokesperson in Geneva.

"In terms of total numbers, we had more than 68,000 internally displaced in the south in December last year. That's now down to 6,000. They are returning obviously because the fighting has subsided very much. In the south the situation overall is looking better. There is a political process going on, as we know.  Some of the basic services have resumed there and markets have opened." (28")

OCHA says that an estimated 80 per cent of people in the south of Yemen are farmers who need assistance to restart their production.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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