Around 300,000 Yemenis have lost their homes, crops, livestock and belongings to the catastrophic floods that devastated a country that has been decimated by war, hunger and disease for the past three months – describing the biggest humanitarian crisis of today, as it was this Friday reported by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
There are eight provinces particularly hard hit by the floods: Marib, Amran, Hajjah, Al Hodeida, Taiz, Lahj, Aden (the seat of government recognized by the international community to fight the Houthi uprising) and Abyan, and at least 148 people killed by landslides and overflows that accompanied heavy rains.
In Hababa, for example, the sudden rupture of the Al Roone Dam caused a flow of 250,000 cubic meters of water, affecting thousands of displaced people in the camps of Al Tahsin, Souq al Lill and others.
“Among the newly displaced are people who have already fled their homes due to the war and are forced to rebuild their lives and communities again,” complained the organization’s spokesman, Andrej Mahecic, during a conference. Press in the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Switzerland).