UN humanitarian fund allocates US$15 million to address Yemen crisis

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Stephen O'Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A US$15 million allocation from a United Nations fund will provide lifesaving assistance in Yemen, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien announced on Friday.

The money from the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) will go towards healthcare, including providing clean water and supplies for facilities.

More than 20 million people in Yemen are in need, making it one of the world's major humanitarian crises according to the United Nations.

Siobhán Garside reports.

The UN humanitarian chief described the scale of suffering in Yemen as "almost incomprehensible."

Conflict between government forces and rebels has resulted in four out of five Yemenis requiring humanitarian assistance.

Provision of basic services such as water, sanitation and healthcare has been  severely disrupted and people are going hungry.

Meanwhile, humanitarian access is severely restricted.

Mr O'Brien said the US$15 million allocation from the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) will be used for waste clean-up and provision of water and urgent supplies for health facilities.

This will help reduce the risk of communicable diseases.

He said previous CERF grants have been used for improving humanitarian air services and port facilities so that aid can be delivered to affected communities.

He urged donors to continue supporting relief efforts in Yemen.

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