Heavy rains on April 13, 2020, caused widespread and severe flooding in Sana'a, Yemen, resulting in at least two fatalities and massive damage to properties. Roads remained inundated on April 14.
Flash flooding in the district of Al-Sabeen killed two people after they were swept away by raging waters. At least one house collapsed, while dozens of others sustained damages, prompting residents to evacuate.
Vehicles were also washed away as the streets turned into muddy rivers. Videos posted by locals on social media show widespread inundations cutting off roads and stranding some individuals.
"Floods in Sana'a, Yemen, have turned very dangerous and deadly. Please, dear brothers, take care of yourselves as you are trying to help save lives," said one resident.
Floods in Sana’a #Yemen have turned very dangerous and deadly!!— Mari For Yemen ماري (@marimyst1) April 14, 2020
Please dear brothers take care of yourselves as you are trying to help save lives. Allah bless you and protect you all pic.twitter.com/23sAfgGK73
امطار غزيره ومتدفقه بشكل غزير جدا جدا قادمه من بني بهلول خولان وبعض مناطق سنحان مع العلم ان الطريق من جوله ال 100 جولة الحثيلي وحتي تقاطع شميله مقطوعه بسبب غزارة الامطار واكثظاظ السايله بالامطار ادي الي ارتفاع المياه الي مسلك الطريق وقطع الطريق. نسأل من الله ان تكون امطار خير pic.twitter.com/2IYth7mxym— ابو كنااااااان (@wmXe549GTLgDV96) April 13, 2020
According to Saba news agency, local officials reported that a family from the Al-Batha neighborhood was rescued and transferred to a hospital.
"In addition to the evacuation of many families after the floods entered their homes in the neighborhoods of Qalfan, Al-Jarda, Al-Qadisiyah, Shumila, and Hamraa Alab," the local media quoted officials.
The Yemen Meteorological Agency said the flooding had caused "massive destruction".
سيول متفرقة في العاصمة صنعاء pic.twitter.com/xHJd7VlvGF— علي السنيدار (@alialsonidar) April 13, 2020
More photos and videos from Sana’a after last night floods caused by the heavy showers. May God save everybody.— مصطفى احمد نعمان (@MustaphaNoman) April 14, 2020
صور وفيديوهات من صنعاء بعد الأمطار الغزيرة التي هطلت في صنعاء. فليحفظ الله الجميع . pic.twitter.com/5fagajVjDI
This was the second major flooding in Yemen within the past few weeks. On March 25, at least two died and four others were injured when flash flooding hit the city of Aden, where more than 75 mm (3 inches) of rain fell in a 24-hour period.
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