UN: Yemen blockade leading to acute deficits
14.11.2017 09:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
The blockade within Yemen is resulting in severe shortages of commercial and aid materials reaching the country, UN Radio says referring to the UN humanitarian agencies’ report.
As to the report, the entire population is dependent on food, fuel and medicine imports, which enter the country primarily through seaports.
Meanwhile, more than 17 million Yemenis - or more than two-thirds of the population - are already food insecure. Furthermore, the country is currently in the grip of the world’s worst cholera outbreak.
"Without the import of critical commodities through a lifting of the blockade on all ports, including Hudaydah and Saleef, the situation will deteriorate further. And as a point of reference the World Food Programme tells us that there are 111 days until the current stocks of rice runs out and 97 days until the current stocks of wheat runs out. More than two-thirds of people in Yemen in need and more than 80 per cent of all cholera cases are located in the areas closest to Hudaydah and Saleef sea ports. Only al Wadea land crossing in Hadramaut governorate and Aden sea port are open for to commercial imports. However, the port at Aden does not have the capacity for commercial and humanitarian cargo, and unless the Red Sea ports in Hudaydah and Saleef are opened immediately, the UN will not be able to feed 7 million people every month, " UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric says.