The number of Yemenis on the brink of starvation may reach
12 million, or 40 percent of the population, in the coming months because of the
war and the severe economic crisis, the UN World Food Program (WFP) said on
The World Food Program said that millions living on subsistence may end up starving and sick as fighting intensifies, especially around the main coastal city of Hodeidah, and the economic situation continues to deteriorate.
After previously announcing that the number of Yemenis at risk of starvation had reached 8.5 million, WFP spokesman Herve Verhoosel said, "If this continues, perhaps there will be 3.5 million more insecure Yemenis,” adding that they urgently need food assistance on a regular basis to prevent them from “sliding into famine-like conditions."
He added that the program increased its emergency food assistance to reach eight million Yemenis per month.
Water-scarce Yemen typically imports 90 percent of its food needs. The country has been suffering from a civil war against the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have been scourging the country in a campaign of terror.