Rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen cause for concern

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Due to a lack of fuel, electricity and wheat, few bakeries are operating in Taiz, Yemen, forcing residents to stand in long lines for bread. File Photo:UNDP Yemen

The "rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation" in the city of Taiz in Yemen is the cause of deep concern for the World Food Programme (WFP).

People have reportedly been going hungry for weeks as WFP struggles to reach the area.

Yemen has been gripped by conflict for most of the year, as government forces and Houthi rebels battle for control of the country.

Veronica Reeves has more.

The conflict in Yemen has worsened the country's food insecurity markedly – adding more than three million people to the ranks of hungry in less than a year.

All told, an estimated 7.6 million people in Yemen do not have enough food to be healthy. Most are facing life-threatening levels of acute malnutrition.

But while the picture is rather grim across the entire country, the situation in Taiz is especially precarious, according to WFP.

The city's food insecurity level is currently rated at "emergency" – just one step below "famine".

The WFP said it has been struggling for weeks to reach hungry, vulnerable families in the war-torn city.

But fighting, insecurity and difficulty in being granted safe passage have left hundreds of thousands of people without critical food assistance.

WFP said it has dispatched a total of 225 trucks loaded with 6,600 metric tonnes of food to Taiz and called on all parties to allow the aid to be safely delivered.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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