According to UN, three-quarters of the aid programmes organized by its agencies in war-ravaged Yemen will have to shutter in weeks without more funding.
UN added that Yemen is currently battling the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, following the outbreak of both COVID-19 and cholera in the country.
International donors pledged $1.35bn for Yemen at a conference on June 2 – but that was well below a $2.4bn fundraising target needed to prevent severe cutbacks in the UN’s aid operation.
Yemen has so far reported 564 confirmed coronavirus infections and 130 related deaths, but the figures lag and may not include all cases in areas controlled by the Houthis in the north, Colville said.
The data compiled by the International Rescue Committee, revealed that Yemen has one of the world’s lowest testing rates, even compared with other conflict-hit countries, at just 31 tests per million citizens.