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WFP Yemen Situation Report #9, September 2019

Publication date

In Numbers

24.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance*
3.65 million people internally displaced
20.1 million people are food insecure
* According to the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)


• WFP distributed general food assistance to 12.2 million Yemeni people in September.

• All staff of WFP Aden area office resume work from the office.

• Fuel shortages in the northern governorates in the second half of September.

• WFP is facing a major funding shortfall of US$550 million for the next six months (October 2019 – March 2020).

Situation Update (including security)

• Following the security unrest in the south of Yemen in August, the situation has seen improvement in September, but remains unpredictable. On 09 September, food dispatches resumed from Aden under the August distribution cycle. Early in August, an advanced rotation of international staff and a work from home modality of national staff were activated. On 22 September, all staff of WFP Aden area office resumed work from the office.

• In September, the contracting details to initiate the milling of the WFP wheat in the Red Sea Mills (RSM) was finalized. The mills originally housed some 51,000 mt of WFP wheat, enough to feed 3.7 million people for one month. As a first phase, 700 mt of milled wheat is planned to be transported to distribution sites in northern Yemen. The milling is set to start early October.

• Throughout the second half of September, fuel shortages were observed primarily in northern Yemen, where up to 13 vessels were blocked from entering Hudaydah ports. Late September, WFP logistics reported that the shortages across the country started to affect transporters’ ability to deliver food. To mitigate the impact, a reallocation exercise was conducted to reassign transporters with contingency diesel stocks to ensure uninterrupted transport operations for the short-term. On 29 September, the fuel situation has seen a slight improvement as one vessel carrying 30,000 mt of fuel was granted access to Hudaydah port.

• On 01 September, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen released a joint statement addressing the casualties reported following the 01 September airstrikes that hit a detention facility in Dhamar governorate, the death toll increased to over 135, with dozens more injured.

• On 14 September, Ansar Allah claimed drone attacks on two major oil facilities run by the Saudi company Aramco in Abqaiq