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Flashfloods Exacerbate the Suffering of Yemenis

Flashfloods Exacerbate the Suffering of Yemenis

Tuesday, 4 August, 2020 - 09:00
Flood waters surround a camp for the displaced in the Yemeni governorate of Ma'rib (Saba News Agency)

Torrential floods due to a week-long of heavy rain in Yemen has compounded the suffering of internally displaced persons who have been living through the hell of war waged by Iran-backed Houthi militias.

Yemenis in Tihama and Marib, west and east of Sanaa respectively, have been especially effected.

This coincided with Yemeni presidential and government calls to relief the thousands of affected families.

Flash floods and high winds have destroyed hundreds of homes in a number of districts in the Hajjah, Hodeidah and Al Mahwit governorates. Human rights sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that hundreds of displaced families in the districts of Abs and al-Qanwas in Hajjah governorate have been left homeless.

Yemen's historic Marib dam flooded for the first time since it was rebuilt 34 years ago, severely destroying nearby makeshift homes of internally displaced people in the area.

A report by the government’s Executive Unit for IDPs Camp Management clarified that the heavy rains witnessed by Marib, Abyan and Ad Dali have caused severe damage to makeshift camps and resulted in the full or partial destruction of some 2242 housing units in the three governorates.

The report revealed that the high water level in the dam basin in the Sirwah District, west of Ma'rib Governorate, resulted in damage to the Al-Sawabin, Al-Wardah, Thanat Al-Iyal and Arak camps.

The number of affected families in the aforementioned camps amounted to 1,340 families, out of 4,871 displaced families in the district.

The damage included, according to the report, the sinking and destruction of buildings and tents. The housing units of 430 families have been destroyed completely while the housing units of a 1000 families were destroyed partially.

Around 1430 families suffered damage to their food supply. Water networks, latrines and water tanks were also destroyed in the camps.

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