At least 14 fatalities as heavy rainfall hits Yemen

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At least 14 people have died and 3 remain missing after heavy rainfall hit parts of Yemen over the last couple of days.

The worst affected were Sanaa and Dhamar governorates in central-western Yemen.

According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 3 children died after heavy rain caused the collapse of their family house in the western part of the capital Sanaa.

Outside the capital in Sanaa Governorate, 3 people died and 2 were injured after buildings collapsed.

6 others died after they were swept away by flooding in the Assalafieh district in the governorate of Raymah. Fatalities were also reported in Ibb governorate (1) and Dhamar governorate (1).1

IFRC added that heavy rains since June and throughout July affected an estimated 22 077 households (approximately 154 539 people) across wide areas of Yemen.

Many of those affected are living in camps for internally displaced people.

On July 25 and 26, moderate rainfall is forecast over north-western (Saada city) and south-western (Taiz and Lahj cities) Yemen.2

Every year, Yemen is hit by devastating floods caused by heavy rains, which further exacerbates the humanitarian situation in the affected areas.

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1 Yemen – Casualties After Floods in Sanaa, Raymah, Ibb and Dhamar – FloodList – July 25, 2022

2 Yemen – Floods (DG ECHO, CAMAYMS, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 25 July 2022)

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