Heavy rains from 14 to 16 June resulted
in floods which caused heavy damage to several villages and towns across
the country. Initial reports indicate that about 80 people
were killed, large numbers of homes were totally destroyed
or damaged and thousands of hectares of agricultural land were submerged.
The damage to infrastructures was also severe. The
Government declared the Governorates of Mareb, Aljawf,
Hadhramaut and Shabwah disaster areas and on 17 June
made an appeal to the international community for humanitarian
assistance. FAO is participating in a United Nations
assessment team presently visiting affected areas. Immediate
relief requirements include food, medical supplies, mobile
water tanks, blankets and shelter.
Planting of summer cereal
crops to be harvested towards the end of the year
are underway in many Governorates. The aggregate
output of sorghum and millet in 1995 is estimated at
0.54 million tons, about 40 000 tons
more than the previous year and sharply above average.
Production of wheat and barley, estimated at 168
000 tons and 62 000 tons, respectively, was
virtually unchanged from 1994.
Labour wages in both rural and
urban areas and cost of petrol are reported above normal.
Imports of cereals in 1996 - mainly
wheat - are estimated at about 2 million tons, an increase
of some 2 percent compared with 1995.