Heavy rain turns wadis into raging rivers, cause deadly floods in southern and eastern Yemen

Heavy rain turns wadis into raging rivers, cause deadly floods in southern and eastern Yemen

Heavy rains and floods hit Yemen's southern and eastern provinces on June 9, 2019, leaving at least 3 people dead.

According to security officials, torrential rains, lightning and strong winds caused a number of injuries in addition to blocking main roads in Aden and other neighboring provinces, Aden-based security official told Xinhua.

Two deaths were reported in Aden and another in the province of Shabwa after floods hit the region, the official said.

Numerous homes and cars were submerged in Aden. Wadis turned into raging rivers, destroying crops and roads.

According to local media reports, rainwater mixed with sewage in the province of Lahj, threatening the lives of residents as they may suffer from the spread of diseases and epidemics.

Weather officials said Aden recorded 77 mm (3.3 inches) of rain on June 8, with most of it falling in a 3-hour period.

Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Relief Committee Abdulraqeeb Fateh called on the Gulf Cooperation Council and international humanitarian organizations for to help people in Aden and other provinces affected by rain and floods.

Featured image: @TurkiAlmohaiya

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