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Water and shelter: emmergency distributions

Published on Tuesday 9 October 2018

The fighting in the coastal city of Hodeida in western Yemen has caused people to flee south. Left with nothing, these families arrive to find no roof, and no water.

EMERGENCY SHELTERS FOR HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES

As fighting rages in and around the town of Hodeida, more and more people are being forced to leave their homes. In the Al Khawkhah district, south of Hodeida governorate, which already hosts more than 5,500 displaced families, new internally displaced people (IDPs) arrive every day. Abandoning everything they had behind them when they fled their villages, they settled in camps or host communities, putting additional pressure on already scarce resources. Faced with a lack of basic services (housing, food, water, sanitation), these families live in extremely difficult conditions and cannot afford decent housing. In early October, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL provided shelter for 2,100 displaced people by distributing 300 tents provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The team now plans to provide them with safe drinking water and emergency latrines if needed.

PROVIDE WATER BY TRUCK

Beyond the shelters, access to water is also a problem. Faced with the influx of IDPs, the pressure on the resource is increasing. As the infrastructure has been destroyed and is on the front line, it cannot currently be rehabilitated for security reasons.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has therefore just launched an emergency water distribution in the town of Hays, east of Al Khawkhah, providing 60 water points to more than 10,000 people, IDPs and host communities.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL will provide drinking water by truck for three months, supported by the Crisis and Support Centre of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is ready to maintain this emergency water supply until the public network has been rehabilitated and is currently seeking new funding.

 

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