The situation in Yemen is close to a humanitarian catastrophe. This was stated on Friday, September 21, at the meeting of the UN Security Council, by the UN Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, Xinhua news agency reported.
According to him, in Yemen, the number of residents who do not have a regular opportunity to eat, in the near future may increase by almost half.
Currently, about 8 million people experience difficulties in obtaining food in the country, but they can soon be supplemented by another 3.5 million people.
The severe economic situation in the country is caused by the depreciation of the Yemeni rial. Its cost for the last month has decreased by 30%. And since the practical whole of food consumed in Yemen is imported, the decline in the value of the currency directly affects the rise in food prices. This trend affects about 10 million inhabitants of the country.
Lowcock also said that in Yemen already there are hungry people who are forced to eat leaves, without any more food.
Earlier in the UN, it was stated that the number of hungry people in the world in 2017 returned to the indicators of a decade ago - 821 million people are starving in the world, or every ninth.