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MORE THAN 41,000 PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FLOODING IN YEMEN

Stagnant water, food shortages, the interruption of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, and psychological trauma are among the concerns for the affected, with approximately three-quarters being IDPs.

Heavy rains continued into the first week of May across some parts of Yemen causing massive flash flooding. The largest flood impact was experienced in Aden, Hadramaut, Hajjah, Lahj, Abyan, Dhamar, Ma’rib and Al Bayda governorates. Field reports indicate that the number of affected families has gone up from 3,730 on 4 May to 6,855 families by 9 May. Most of the affected people are internally displaced people (IDPs) who are living in inadequate shelters. In the district of Tarim, Hadramaut Governorate, authorities have reported that flood water swept through parts of the town, causing extensive damage to property, farms and infrastructure, including houses, power supply, roads, sewage system and sites for IDPs. The Yemen National Meteorological Centre continued to warn and advise citizens to exercise caution as the rains are expected to persist. Yemen’s rainy season runs from April to August.

Source: OCHA

 

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