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Thousands of Families Hit by Yemen Floods, Says UN

Thousands of Families Hit by Yemen Floods, Says UN

Tuesday, 4 May, 2021 - 17:45
A collapsed building after flash floods hit the historic city of Tarim in Yemen's central province of Hadramawt that killed four people. (AFP)

The United Nations said Tuesday that thousands of families across war-torn Yemen have been hit by torrential rains and deadly floods since mid-April that destroyed homes and shelters.


"Initial reports indicate some 3,730 families (22,380 people) have been affected by the rains and flooding, the majority of whom are internally displaced people," the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said.


"Intensified rainfall over the past few days is causing damage to infrastructure, destroying homes and shelter and causing deaths and injuries."


On Monday, the government said four people were killed in flash floods in the historic city of Tarim in the central province of Hadramawt, and the UN cited reports of three deaths elsewhere in Yemen.


AFP footage showed city streets in Tarim flooded and its famed mud-brick buildings in ruins, with cars and motorcycles buried under mud and debris.


OCHA said flooding also caused extensive damage in the provinces of Aden, Abyan, Dhale, Lahj, Hadramawt, Marib and Taiz.


Dozens of people are killed every year across Yemen in flash floods.


Fierce storms have added to the woes of the conflict-ridden country.


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