Yemen continues to face the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and an extremely high — 29% — mortality rate for COVID-19. In August, Yemen also faced torrential rains and extreme flooding, which damaged infrastructure, destroyed homes and shelters, and led to deaths and injuries. According to UN reports, an estimated 300,000 people lost their homes, livelihoods, income, belongings, and food.
Thanks to the support of our donors, in August we were able to help Yemenis across the country by providing humanitarian aid, launching income-generation projects, and assisting those impacted by the floods.
Flood assessment and humanitarian relief in Yemen
According to early August 7, 2020 figures from Yemen’s Ministry of Health and Population, an estimated 131 people have died due to the floods and 125 were injured across northern governorates alone. An additional 106 homes and businesses were destroyed and another 156 were damaged. To assist flood-stricken areas our team:
- Conducted an assessment of the flood’s impact in Hodeida and Raemah governorates and identified the needs. The items identified as essential were food and shelter.
- Conducted an assessment of the needs of people whose homes were damaged by the rain in the Old City of Sana’a, the UNESCO heritage site, to ensure that our response takes into account the work that is being done by UNESCO, who is leading efforts to preserve the homes and the city. We plan to provide assistance that meets the need of the population.
- Provided financial support to 400 orphans across the country, including Sana’a, Aden, Hodeida, Ibb, Taiz, Hajjah, and other areas.
- Continued our food distribution efforts across the country by providing meat to 5,596 families in honor of Eid, the feast of sacrifice. This is the only time in the year these families will have access to eat meat.
Income generation projects in Yemen
- Provided 25 families with 2 sheeps each, totaling 50 as part of a sheep-raising income generation project in Jabal Sabr in Taiz. These sheep provide protein and nourishment to families in need, as well as income.
- Provided 30 families with 3 sheeps each, totaling 90 as part of a sheep-raising income generation project in Hodeida as well.
Cholera prevention in Yemen
In the upcoming months, we will be expanding our efforts around cholera prevention. The Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation is pleased to announce that we received an Epidemic Preparedness Cholera Grant from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development for assessing cholera interventions in Yemen and providing innovative intervention.
Thanks for supporting our aid efforts in Yemen
Thanks to your donations, we were able to quickly respond to the devastating floods in Yemen and continue our humanitarian and income-generation projects.
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