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21,000 Yemeni Displaced Affected by Floods


Mon 22 Apr 2024 | 07:46 PM
Israa Farhan

A governmental statistic in Yemen reveals that heavy rains and resulting floods over two days have caused damages affecting around 21,000 individuals in displacement camps, with more than half of them in the Al-Jawf governorate.

Additionally, four people have died as a result, while homes and roads in the Hadramout and Al-Mahrah governorates have been affected.

According to local sources, the flowing floods have caused road closures, stranding travelers in desert areas between the Marib and Al-Jawf governorates, as well as between Marib and Hadramout.

Three members of a family were swept away by floods while they were on their way to Marib to join a relative who had been swept away by floods in Al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout governorate.

The Yemeni governmental unit responsible for managing displaced persons' camps stated that the heavy rains and resulting floods that several governorates in the country witnessed since last Friday due to the tropical situation have damaged 3,039 displaced families in the Al-Jawf, Hadramout, Abyan, Dhale, and Shabwa governorates.

Local sources confirm that these displaced individuals are now exposed after their tents, where they lived, were washed away. 

Relief organizations have been unable to reach their locations due to road closures, and the lack of relief supplies in areas close to the site continues to hinder relief organizations' efforts to provide necessary assistance to more than 11,000 displaced persons affected by floods.

The unit managing displaced persons' camps stated in its report that the most affected displaced families were in the Northern Al-Gharran camp located in the Al-Rayan area in the Khub and Al-Sha'af directorate in the Al-Jawf governorate, where around 1,700 families were affected.

The heavy rains that fell on Sayoun, Al-Mukalla, and Al-Abr in Hadramout governorate damaged around 800 displaced families in the camps of Maryama, Madouda, and Hosh Al-Eidrous Boish. Additionally, 458 families were affected in displacement camps in the Zinjibar directorate in Abyan governorate, 31 families in the Biyhan directorate in Shabwa governorate, and 50 families in Dhale governorate.

According to the unit's report, heavy rains and floods destroyed 431 shelters for displaced persons completely, and 1,808 shelters were partially destroyed.

Food supplies were completely destroyed for 431 families, partially for 1,808 families, and non-food items were completely destroyed for 481 families and partially for 1,758 families.

The unit responsible for displaced persons appealed to international and local non-governmental organizations to urgently intervene to provide emergency assistance to affected families in these governorates.

It also called for future plans to be made in collaboration with local authorities to find safe sites for displaced persons' camps away from flood zones and to establish and adopt permanent and effective mechanisms to address climate change.

Meanwhile, the deputy governor of Hadramout for the affairs of the valleys and deserts and head of the emergency committee, Amer Al-Amari, stated that the committee dealt with all the reports it received from the sub-committees in the directorates throughout the days of the storm, and the committee is still in a continuous session.

Al-Amari stated that the relevant authorities have continuously worked within available resources to open roads and create alternative routes in case of complete closure.

He confirmed no reports of loss of life, explaining that there have been material losses and damages to roads, farms, and infrastructure, which the committees are working to assess and address according to both immediate and long-term plans.