18 Dec '11, 3pm

Yemen crisis to hit 4 million people in 2012: UN

DUBAI (AFP) - Nearly four million people will be affected by Yemen's crisis in 2012, United Nations agencies said in Dubai on Sunday, warning that the restive Arabian Peninsula country is on its way to becoming another Somalia. 'About four million people will be affected by the crisis in Yemen in 2012 and will require immediate humanitarian support,' said the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee. 'While there have been significant political developments in Yemen, humanitarian needs are forecast by all actors to deteriorate still further over the next 12 months,' UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Mr Jens Toyberg-Frandzen, told reporters. Ms Kelly Gilbride, policy adviser of Oxfam, said UNICEF assessments of the cities of Hudaydah in the west and Haja in the north put malnutrition rates at above 30 per cent.

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