Yemen – More Floods Leave at Least 20 Dead

Heavy rain has continued to cause devastation across Yemen. Yemen Meteorological Service reported 111.8 mm of rain fell in Al Hudaydah (Hodeidah) governorate in 24 hours to 04 August, 2020. The heavy rain has caused flooding, buildings to collapse and dam failure. At least 20 fatalities have been reported in the last few days as a result.

In a statement of 02 August 2020, Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said heavy rain had affected the governorates of Marib, Dhale, Abyan, Hadhramaut, Ibb, Al Hudaydah and Hajjah, among others.

SABA news agency reported that 17 people died and and 4 others were injured after torrential rains in various parts of Marib Governorate. Farms and homes have been severely damaged in the province and around 1,000 families have been displaced. Media reports said locals feared the Marib Dam would fail. Fatalities were reported in several districts including Marib city.

Meanwhile 3 people died and 2 were injured when a building collapsed after heavy rain in Hamdan in Sana’a Governorate on 03 August.

Widespread flooding affected neighbouring ‘Amran Governorate after the Roneh water dam in the Hababa area of Thula District reportedly collapsed on 03 August. No further details were available.

On 03 August, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Yemen said that more than 9,000 people have been affected in Hajjah and Al Hudaydah governorates, where houses, roads and crops have been destroyed.

Previously heavy rain caused damaged and casualties in the country after heavy rain from 22 to 25 July, with Al Hudaydah and Ibb governorates worst affected.

Rainfall in Yemen from 18 July to 03 August 2020. Image: Yemen Meteorological Service


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