Yemen

Floods claim six lives

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Rammah Al-Jubari (author)

HADRAMOUT, Mar. 27 — Six people died in Hadramout governorate over a two-day span this week on Monday and Tuesday due to floods and heavy rains that resulted in traffic jams and road blocks.

The Dawan, Wadi Al-Ain, Al-Qatan, Shebam, Tareem, Sah and Sayoon areas were all partially under water due to the floods. Roads in Al-Soairi and Moshtaa areas are still blocked.

Helicopters provided by the Ministry of Defense have been evacuating stranded people, Abdulla Bashuaib, a Tareem resident, said.

“We’re on high alert to deal with any notification from citizens,” said Salem Al-Manhali, the deputy governor of Hadramout governorate.

It’s not the first time that Hadramout has been affected by floods. In 2008, over 100 people died and thousands of families were displaced due to high water levels caused by rains and poor drainage systems.

The state’s Meteorology Center warns that heavy rains may continue this week. They advise residents in the area to stay alert.