UN: Floods impacted over 100,000 people in Yemen

UN: Floods impacted over 100,000 people in Yemen

Alsahwa Net- Over 100,000 people in Yemen have been badly hit by torrential rains and floods since mid-April, the United Nations (UN) reported on Sunday.

A UN report said that the local authorities of Aden, one of the worst-hit governorates, have confirmed seven deaths among them four children.

Two people are missing, and deaths and injuries have been reported elsewhere, according to the UN report.

The worst affected areas include Aden, Abyan, Lahj, Marib and Sana’a governorate and Sana’a capital city, the report said.

Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said that “Countless families have lost everything,”

“This tragedy comes on top of the COVID-19 crisis, which comes on top of the pre-famine last year, which came on top of the worst cholera outbreak in modern history,” said Grande.

The UN report said that the flooding has damaged roads, bridges and the electricity grid, and contaminated water supplies, cutting access to basic services for thousands of people.

“Conditions are hardest for thousands of families already displaced who have now lost shelter, food rations and household supplies,” the UN report said.

It indicated that nearly 80 per cent of the population requires some form of humanitarian assistance and protection.

Ten million people are a step away from famine and 7 million people are malnourished.

The UN humanitarian programs in Yemen remain short-funded, according to the UN report.

It explained that 31 humanitarian projects out of the total UN’s 41 major programs will either reduce or shut unless funding is urgently received.

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