Zimbabwe: A poor 2014/2015 harvest coupled with delayed onset of rains this cropping season have left 1.5 million people facing food insecurity from January through March 2016. Government maize stocks are dangerously low and humanitarian food assistance plans underfunded. Over 850,000 people urgently require assistance.
Chad: In Kanem, Bahr el Gazal and Lac regions, 14,000 people face Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and 440,000 people face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes, and the situation is likely to worsen through the April–October lean season. Rainfall deficits across the Sahelian zone and insecurity in Lac region are key drivers of the food security crisis.
Yemen: The ceasefire that began on 15 December but was persistently breached has officially ended, and heavy fighting has been reported in Aden city. In Taizz, the largest hospital has closed due to lack of supplies. Reports of gender-based violence have increased by 70% since the conflict escalated in March.
Updated: 05/01/2016. Next update: 12/01/2016.
See the Crisis Overview 2015: Humanitarian Trends and Risks 2016, ACAPS' overview of long-term trends in humanitarian needs for major crises, and scenarios outlining their potential evolution in 2016.