UN issues $25 mn fund for Yemen relief efforts

Highlights:         

  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has announced a release of emergency aid of USD 25 million for relief efforts in crisis-torn Yemen.
  • The aid, issued by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.
  • The aid would go towards provision of fuel, medicines, emergency supplies, clean water, sanitation services and nutrition programmes for Yemenis in need.
  • According to a survey by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Programme, six million people in Yemen are in need of assistance.
  • Yemen has descended into a conflict between forces supporting former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Shia Houthi rebels backing exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.