Heavy rains displaced 1,200 displaced people east of Ma'rib

Floods kill 5 civilians in Yemen as rainy season begins

  • Rain water flooded the streets.

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  • Rain water obstructed traffic.

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  • A traveling fruit vendor pulls his cart through the rain water that has covered the streets of several Yemeni cities.

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Local sources and residents said that at least five people drowned, including a child, in north and west Yemen, the day before yesterday, due to torrential rains and torrential rains, resulting from the start of the rainy season in the country.

A local official in the capital, Sanaa, told "Reuters" that two maintenance workers in the Water and Sanitation Corporation drowned while trying to open the flood-clogging channels in the center of Sanaa, which is under the control of the Houthis.

In Hajjah Governorate in the northwest of the country, local sources said that two people died as a result of heavy rains and torrential rains that hit the Qara district in the border governorate with Saudi Arabia, while two others who were with them on a car that were swept away by torrential torrents survived.

On Tuesday, citizens found the body of a child in Wadi Moon in the northern Al-Jawf governorate, on the border with Saudi Arabia, after heavy rain.

In the oil-rich Ma’rib governorate in the northeast of the country, local sources said that torrential torrential rains and torrential rains displaced more than 1,200 displaced Yemenis in a camp in eastern Ma’rib, where their tents were flooded, and the accompanying winds uprooted the other part of the camp, leaving the victims in the open. Without shelter, food or water.

The United Nations office in Yemen said in March that more than 240,000 Yemenis were affected by heavy rains, floods and torrential rains that hit Yemen during the past year.

In a recent report, the Office of the Representative of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen warned of rainfall in its first season from March to May.

He predicted that the risk of flooding would be lower than average during this time, but the rainfall during the beginning of the second rainy season in Yemen from July to September is likely to be above average.

Yemen entered the rainy season, which begins in April and continues until September each year, amid fears that the damage will multiply, in light of the dilapidated infrastructure due to the war that has been going on for more than seven years.

More than 30 people, including children, women and seven girls from one family, died last year as a result of those floods that forced hundreds of families to flee after their homes were damaged, according to official data, and the torrents at that time caused severe damage to infrastructure, homes, shelters and properties. private roads, cutting off major roads, and destroying farmland and valleys.

• 240,000 Yemenis have been affected by heavy rains, floods and torrential rains that hit Yemen during the past year.

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