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Severe flooding hits Yemen, leaving at least 13 people dead

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At least 13 people have been killed after heavy seasonal rain hit Yemen on Saturday, May 1, 2021, resulting in fatalities and damage. The authorities are warning residents to stay away from flood ducts in affected areas and take necessary precautions.

Yemeni security officials confirmed 13 fatalities in the Governorates of Sanaa, Ibb, Shabwa, and Hodeida.

Aden, Taiz, and Hadramout Governorates have also been affected. Floodwaters there have damaged a number of houses, roads, and vehicles.

"Today we were exposed to heavy rain, the houses collapsed, our belongings were lost, the bed was also damaged," said Muhammad Salem, a man living in the Aden camp.

Residents of a camp in the Yemeni city of Aden are struggling to save what's left of their belongings after the country's cities were battered by floods, causing the death of at least 13 people including two children.

Moderate to locally heavy rain is forecast over western and central-eastern Yemen on Monday and Tuesday, May 3 and 4.

The rainy season in Yemen lasts from April through August.

Featured image credit: Extreme Flooding

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