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Torrential Floods Kill 100 Yemenis in a Week

Torrential Floods Kill 100 Yemenis in a Week

Saturday, 8 August, 2020 - 07:15
The damage affected a large number of homes in Sana'a (AFP)

Yemeni official and local sources estimated that around 100 Yemenis have died in torrential floods and heavy rains in the governorates of Marib, Sanaa, Raymah, Ibb, Umran and Hodeidah.

This comes at a time the internationally recognized government is working to intensify relief operations while Houthis continue to neglect the size of the disaster that has befallen areas of their control.

Local sources in Raymah governorate reported that heavy downpour and flash floods had destroyed two houses in the districts of al-Jabeen and al-Jaafaria which resulted in the death of 11 people most of whom are women and children.

Sources warned of a major humanitarian catastrophe caused by torrents flooding vast agricultural lands and infrastructure.

In the capital, Sanaa, which is under the rule of the Houthi militia, local sources reported that three people drowned because of the torrents that flooded the Al-Sadd neighborhood in the Naqum area.

Houthi neglect of the demolition of heritage sites in the historic Old Sanaa City was met with widespread rage among residents and activists.

Activists, including those loyal to the Houthi group, circulated pictures that showed the extent of the destruction caused by the torrents in the main streets and neighborhoods.

While government and local sources reported the death of at least 100 Yemenis within a week, international organizations estimated damage from torrential floods affecting over 30,000 families.

Floods have struck makeshift camps, homes and huts, especially in Hodeidah and Hajjah governorates.

The World Food Program (WFP) in a statement published on Facebook acknowledged that thousands of Yemeni families in a number of areas have been damaged by heavy rains and flash floods that destroyed many homes and the livelihoods of people.

The WFP confirmed it was coordinating with the humanitarian relief community closely to ensure that families in need receive aid they deserve swiftly.

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