As of Wednesday, July 29, at least 14 people have been killed after heavy rains caused flash flooding in many provinces across Yemen over the past few days. Many houses and cars have been washed away by the floods and agricultural land destroyed. Most of the deaths occurred in Hodeidah province, where 13 people died and more than 35 houses were destroyed across three districts. Heavy rains and flooding also caused damage in Sanaa, damaged power lines in Lahij province, and destroyed farms in Hadramout and Abyan provinces. Over 90 mud houses in the historical city of Shibam (Hadramout province) have been extensively damaged.
Meteorologists have forecast above average rainfall across much of Yemen throughout the rainy season, which runs through to September. Further flooding and associated disruptions to power supply, transport, and businesses are expected to continue over the medium term.
Those in Yemen are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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