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06 Jan 2006 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

This Bulletin No. 2 is being issued for information only. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance at this time.

The Situation

On the night between 28 and 29 December, 2005, a devastating mountain landslide occurred in al-Dhafir village, Bani Matar District, Sana'a Governorate.

04 Jan 2006 description
report Islamic Relief

Several houses in the village of al-Dhofair in eastern Yemen were crushed underneath a landslide on 29 December 2005.


Rescuers have recovered 65 bodies from the wreckage, including that of a young woman about to get married.

Eight people were pulled out alive from the rubble, but rescuers do not expect to find any more survivors. Government officials confirm that there are no bodies left, and rescue teams have left the area.

Between 140 and 200 people have been evacuated from the village because of the possibility of more landslides.

03 Jan 2006 description
report Yemen Times

SANA'A, Jan. 3 - Search and rescue teams Tuesday night concluded the search for bodies buried by rubble in the landslide-affected village of Al-Dhafir, Bani Matar.

03 Jan 2006 description

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

SANA, 3 Jan 2006 (IRIN) - Rescue operations are ongoing for the victims of last week's landslide in the remote village of al-Dhafeer, some 50 km west of the capital, Sana.

Efforts to recover the bodies of victims have been hampered by the presence of enormous boulders that have prevented the use of proper digging machinery, according to Hashim al-Zein, country representative of the World Health Organization.

03 Jan 2006 description

SANAA, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Yemeni rescue workers have so far recovered the bodies of 65 villagers killed in last week's landslide, and officials said on Tuesday that the toll was set to rise as dozens remain missing.

02 Jan 2006 description

A Libyan cargo plane has land in Sana'a airport carrying relief supplies to Yemeni people.
On Dec. 28, a landslide occurred above a village called Dhafir in Bani Matter, about 50 kilometers west of Sana'a. Many people have been killed in this incident.

The 40 ton aid includes tents, blankets and clothes.

The head of Yemeni red crescent, Dr. Mohammed Alkabab, was at the airport to receive the aid. He thanked the Libyan people for their firm stand with their brothers in Yemen.

31 Dec 2005 description

SANAA, Dec 31 (Reuters) - At least 56 bodies have now been recovered from the ruins of a small Yemeni village that was devastated in a landslide earlier this week, a relief official said on Saturday.

"Relief operations are still going on to find those missing, which are estimated at over 50," the official said, adding that there was little hope of finding any survivors.

Rocks slid off a mountain on Wednesday and crushed 27 houses in al-Dhofair village, about 20 km (12 miles) southwest of the capital Sanaa.

Landslides are rare in Yemen, at the southern tip of the Arabian …

30 Dec 2005 description

Sana'a (dpa) - The death toll from a mountain landslide that hit a small village west of the Yemeni capital Sana'a increased to 52 Friday as the search continued for the missing, rescuers said.

Sixteen more bodies were recovered from under the wreckage of destroyed houses late Thursday and early Friday, according to the Yemeni Red Crescent Association (YRCA).

A rocky hill overlooking Dhafir village, some 60 kilometres from the capital, collapsed onto the village, destroying about 50 houses on Wednesday.

30 Dec 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.