The U.N. said aid agencies were given no prior notice of the Saudi decision to shut down all land, air and seaports in Yemen.
Lowcock said he told the council that “there will be famine in Yemen” unless five steps are taken immediately.
“It will not be like the famine that we saw in South Sudan earlier in the year where tens of thousands of people were affected,” he said. “It will not be like the famine which cost 250,000 people their lives in Somalia in 2011. It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”
He said the five immediate steps are: