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Yemen: Worn-Out Roads Make Travelling in Coup-run Areas a Living Hell

Yemen: Worn-Out Roads Make Travelling in Coup-run Areas a Living Hell

Monday, 3 August, 2020 - 10:30
A flooded street after heavy rains in Sana'a a few days ago (EPA)

Flashfloods have swept Sanaa destroying much of the capital’s infrastructure and roads. The heavy downpour also affected Dhamar, Ibb and Taiz governorates and the highway connecting them.

The amount of damage reflects the level of administrative neglect and failure Iran-backed Houthis have come o known for.

In this context, travelers and vehicle drivers told Asharq Al-Awsat about the real risks they face when driving from Sanaa towards their localities due to the deterioration of the roads, especially the highway connecting Sanaa to Taiz.

They confirmed that the road today is almost completely destroyed, along with the entrances and the exits of the cities the road goes through.

Travelers and vehicle drivers held the Houthi militia leaders responsible, and called on them to use some of the funds they plundered from various sectors and public funds to renovate the roads, especially the Sanaa- Taiz highway which connects highly populated governorates.

One of the travelers, speaking under the conditions of anonymity, reported about the hassles they faced when travelling on the Sanaa- Taiz highway two days ago. The road, according to the traveler, was filled with pits and road bumps created by citizens and traders to use them as selling points for their goods to travelers.

What made matters worse, according to the traveler, is that militants had set up a whole bunch of road bumps near Houthi search checkpoints that are spread across the road.

The random searches imposed by Houthis have made traveling even harder between the governorates.

A taxi driver who spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat under the conditions of anonymity confirmed that the infrastructure for the road connecting Sanaa, Dahamar, Ibb and Taiz has been completely destroyed by flashfloods and the neglect of the Houthi group which failed to carry on maintenance work for the roads.

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