UN: 300,000 people lost their properties due to flooding

UN: 300,000 people lost their properties due to flooding

Alsahwa Net- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday that about 300,000 people in Yemen have lost their homes, crops, livestock and personal belongings in the last three months due to torrential rains and severe flash floods that hit eight Yemeni governorates. 

This was highlighted during a press conference by the UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic.

“Many of the internally displaced people (IDPs) displaced by the floods were already living in abject poverty, often in overcrowded, makeshift shelters made from plastic sheeting or mud which have been washed away or sustained significant damage,” said Mahecic.

The most badly hit areas include Marib, Amran, Hajjah, Al Hudaydah, Taiz, Lahj, Aden and Abyan governorates where floods have killed at least 148 people in the last two months alone, according to Mahecic. 

He indicated that “People are now being forced to shelter in mosques, schools or with relatives or live out in the open, in abandoned buildings, some of which are at risk of collapsing, or in whatever is left of their damaged homes.” 

“Many were already struggling to survive, with little to no work opportunities and barely able to afford one meal for their families each day. Levels of desperation and despair are rising as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis plumbs to new depths,” he said.  

The UNHCR said that it is deeply concerned that the displaced communities are extremely vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many unable to practice social or physical distancing, access clean water for hand-washing or enact other measures to prevent transmission of the virus,” the UNHCR statement read.  

It said that the agency is rushing to provide emergency shelter support and core relief items such as blankets and mattresses to thousands of people, as well as counseling support to those struggling to cope with the loss of their homes and loved ones.  

It added that “Our capacities continue to be constrained by severe underfunding.” 

It added that “On current levels, our stocks of shelter and emergency relief items will run out in a matter of weeks, leaving with some of their most basic needs unmet.”

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