UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock has warned of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen following the outbreak of the Corona pandemic and the spread of famine.
Lowcock said at a Security Council meeting on the Yemeni crisis on Thursday that “the virus is spreading in Yemen much faster than we can cope with, and vaccines will not be enough.”
He added: “We desperately need more resources to expand the reach of treatment, control and mitigate the impact of the epidemic. The Corona outbreak comes as famine continues to plague the country, as tens of thousands of Yemenis suffer from starvation. , and another 5 million are a step behind them. “
“If the fighting continues in the governorate of Ma’rib (east), we expect tens of thousands of people to be forced to flee (…), and it is impossible to meet their basic needs due to the lack of resources, ”he said.
“We have received pledges of 1.7 billion dollars (…), and about half of the pledges announced by donors have been paid, which means that the humanitarian response plan is now funded at a rate less than 25%. Without additional funding, millions of people in Yemen will starve before it starts, ”he added. The year draws to a close.
According to the latest official toll, Corona’s injuries in Yemen amounted to 5,000,657, including 1,000 and 97 dead, without these figures including areas under Houthi control.