Floods kill 12 people in west Yemen

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-08-07 | Since 10 Month

Twelve people drowned Tuesday in floods following heavy rains in the Yemeni governorate of Mahweet.

The western governorate saw heavy rains and floods over the past two days, leaving six houses collapsed and 12 people killed in Malhan, including children and women, said local sources.

The floods have destroyed 27 dams in the same district, the sources added, noting that the governorate also witnessed rock slides, grandstand drifts and road damages.

Houthi group appealed Wednesday to relief groups to help people affected by floods.

Floods swept private farmlands, Houthi department for humanitarian affairs added in a release seen by Debriefer.

Flood "damages require swift response to relief and rescue the affected and provide them with all protection means," the release read.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.



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