As of Monday, August 3, thousands of people have been displaced as heavy rains and associated flooding continue nationwide. The worst affected governorates are Marib, Dhale, Abyan, Hadhramaut, Ibb, Hodeidah and Hajjah, with flash flooding reportedly sweeping away homes and infrastructure.
Officials in Hajjah and Hodeidah governorates stated on August 3 that at least 23 people had been killed or been reported missing over a 24-hour period, and that 187 homes had been destroyed. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Yemen estimates that more than 9000 people have been impacted in the two governorates, with shelters, roads, farms, and livestock lost.
In the capital, Sana'a, a hotel reportedly collapsed due to flood water on August 3, killing at least four people and injuring three others. Rescue efforts are reportedly still underway.
Officials in the city of Marib have stated that ambulances are unable to reach heavily affected areas, and has warned of the potential for the spread of malaria and dengue fever in the city. On Sunday, August 2, the Marib Dam flooded for the first time since it was rebuilt in 1986, washing away makeshift structures erected by internally displaced persons (IDPs) and sparking fears of a collapse should the government delay in taking measures to prevent it.
Reports also indicate that the severe weather has impacted Yemen's efforts to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with testing throughout the country slowing down and medical professionals providing care for those affected by the disease unable to do so.
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.
Individuals 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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