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06 Aug 2020 | 04:37 PM UTC

Yemen: Floods from Marib Dam impact Marib-Hadramout highway August 6 /update 2

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Flooding as a result of the overflowing Marib Dam have submerged the Marib-Hadramout highway in al-Araqeen district as of August 6; allow additional time to travel

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/13/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Yemen, Ma’rib (Ma’rib province)

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According to social media sources, overflowing water from the Marib Dam as a result of heavy rainfall has submerged a section of the Marib-Hadramout highway in the al-Araqeen district of Marib province.

Disruption to overland travel is to be anticipated in the vicinity of Marib Dam in the coming days, particularly in the al-Araqeen district in the immediate term.  


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.

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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