December 6, 2018 / 2:18 PM / 9 days ago

Number of Yemenis in food crisis or emergency could hit 20 million - WFP

A nurse holds a hand of malnourished two-month-old Jood Motaher two days before her death at a malnutrition treatment centre in Sanaa, Yemen November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

GENEVA (Reuters) - A survey of food security in Yemen has found more than 15 million people are in a “crisis” or “emergency” situation and that number could hit 20 million without sustained food aid, the U.N. World Food Programme said in a statement on Thursday.

The survey, carried out by Yemeni and international experts in October according to an international system for classifying food crises, also found about 65,000 in a food “catastrophe” or near famine levels, mostly in conflict zones. That number that could rise to 237,000 if aid does not get through, the WFP said.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Toby Chopra

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