UN seeks 702 million dollars in aid for Yemen
The United Nations asked donor countries Monday for 702 million dollars to help 7 million Yemenis with daily humanitarian needs including food, clean water and healthcare, dpa reported.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the money is needed to blunt Yemen's "near collapse" after two years of continued unrest.
"Conflict and instability elsewhere in the region and the ongoing political transition in Yemen have overshadowed the humanitarian crisis," said Ould Cheikh Ahmed, humanitarian coordinator in Yemen.
The money would go to assist the 7 million people most affected by the unrest in the Arabian Peninsula country of about 25 million. The UN said Yemen has been facing food insecurity and malnutrition as well as outbreaks of lethal diseases like measles. It said maternal mortality stands at 365 for every 100,000 live births.