Humanitarian assistance for flood victims and internally displaced persons in Yemen

13.11.2008 - Press release

The Federal Foreign Office is quickly making available EUR 700,000 for humanitarian assistance measures in Yemen. EUR 200,000 will be used to support the victims of the recent heavy flooding in the east of the country. EUR 500,000 is intended to help internally displaced persons in north Yemen.

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. Internal conflicts flare up repeatedly in this country on the Gulf of Aden. A conflict in the Sa'ada region in the north of the country which has been going on for years has turned around 100,000 people into internally displaced persons. The Federal Foreign Office is giving the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) EUR 500,000 to ensure that these internally displaced persons are supplied with basic necessities.

In the east of Yemen at the end of October almost 100 people were killed and some 25,000 lost their homes. Infrastructure such as houses, roads, bridges, wells, electricity and phone lines were destroyed. In order to relieve the worst of the people's suffering, the Federal Foreign Office is making EUR 200,000 available to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the provision of emergency shelters, mattresses, blankets, cooking sets and mosquito nets.

For further information on the humanitarian assistance provided by the Federal Foreign Office please consult:

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