Destructive flash floods ripped through Yemen's capital Aden on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, turning roads into raging rivers and claiming lives of at last two people. At least 4 others were injured. Heavy rains are also expected on Thursday, March 26.
Heavy rains caused severe flash flooding across the capital Aden on Wednesday, destroying homes and roads, washing away vehicles and leaving the city without power.
Two people-- a man and a woman-- died after being caught by the waters. Rescuers were able to save the two and send them to a hospital, but the victims passed away before receiving treatment.
"Floods in Aden have caused extensive damage to many homes and properties," said the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen.
"Humanitarian partners are rushing to the site to see what needs to be done. They’ll be providing emergency assistance as soon as they can," it continued.
سبحااااان الله عدن مخططة السيول تجرف كل من تعمد اعاقة سيرها...نسال الله اللطف بعباده...رباطيااات. pic.twitter.com/6LI4NPNYtf— حافظ الرباطي (@alrub1967) March 25, 2020
"اللَّهُمَّ سُقْيَا رَحْمَةٍ ، لَا سُقْيَا عَذَابٍ ، وَلَا هَدْمٍ ، وَلَا غَرَقٍ، اللهم اجعله صيّباً نافعاً"— Nawaljameel (@Nawaljameel2) March 25, 2020
عدن اليوم pic.twitter.com/Hg698TM40n
عدن الان امطار pic.twitter.com/fSuG7xc2J4— اليافعي محمد (@MStAsufrb7lAYsE) March 25, 2020
The catastrophe came amid the country's preparations for an impending threat of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Although local and international health officials have not yet recorded any cases of coronavirus in Yemen, UN officials said the pandemic may overwhelm poorly-equipped health facilities in the country.
Abd al-Nasser Abu Bakr, the head of the department for combating infectious diseases at the World Health Organization office in the Eastern Mediterranean, said an unexpected increase of coronavirus cases in Syria and Yemen is expected.
Medical professionals warned as well that the government needs to take a quick response to resolve the issue of flooding, as stagnant water poses a risk of becoming a breeding ground for insects that could carry infectious diseases.
Meanwhile, severe weather threat continues for the nation as another bout of heavy rainfall is predicted for Thursday, March 26.
Some miserable pictures from #Aden. The rain did not last for long but caused considerable damage. Electricity was cut off since this morning. Local reports stated two people killed and four injured.— Fatima Alasrar (@YemeniFatima) March 25, 2020
Terrible new challenge in #Yemen. pic.twitter.com/DsuQ1VsdmQ
#عدن_أجمل | تباشر الفرق العاملة في حملة النظافة والإصحاح البيئي بعمليات جرف مخلفات السيول وسحب المياه من الشوارع الرئيسية والفرعية والتي تسببت بها شدة الأمطار الغزيرة على محافظة #عدن. pic.twitter.com/2RCm4w45Kt— البرنامج السعودي لتنمية وإعمار اليمن (@SaudiDRPY) March 25, 2020
Featured image credit: The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen