Yemen: Flash Flooding in Seven Governorates - Flash Update 1 | 16 April 2016

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 16 Apr 2016

Highlights:

  • A number of districts in seven governorates have been inundated by severe flooding following heavy rains across Yemen.
  • An estimated 4,000 families (24,000 people) have been affected and over 20 people are reported killed by flooding.
  • Affected people urgently need shelter, food, non-food items (NFIs), water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and health assistance.
  • Humanitarian partners are working alongside national authorities to assess and respond to the needs. The number of people in need may change as assessments are carried out.

Situation Overview:

Flash floods caused by heavy rains on 13 and 14 April have inundated a number of districts in seven governorates in Yemen – Al Hudaydah, Amran, Hajjah, Sana'a, Al Mahwit, Aden, and Marib affecting an estimated 4,000 families (24,000 people). While estimations of deaths are still being verified initial information indicate that at least 20 people have been killed.

Al Hudaydah, is the most affected Governatorate with three people reportedly killed. Nineteen villages in Az Zuhrah District have been affected and at least 1,200 families (7,200 people) displaced. Seven villages have been affected in Alluheyah District and 900 families (5,400 people) displaced according to local authorities and community elders. The population living along the Wadi Mour dry river bed are particularly affected; internally displaced people are reportedly among this population. Eighty-seven families are reportedly living in the open in Alluheyah District, for whom the priority needs are food and shelter and NFI assistance. Al Safrah bridge in the Bani Matar District, Sana’a Governorate, which connects Al Hudaydah to the capital, has been severely damaged by the floods.

In Amran, more than 1,000 families (6,000 people) have been affected; many of which are now housed in public schools, including Aisha, Al Zubeiri, Muhsin Al Sa’ar, Al Habiq, Hurab, Al Hamzah and Al Hussein. Initial estimates indicate that 200 houses have been destroyed. Damage is also reported to agriculture, roads and water projects. Authorities have requested food and shelter assistance, as well as NFIs, health, water and hygiene assistance.

In Hajjah, local authorities report 20 people killed in Sharas District, 100 to 150 households (600 to 900 people) displaced, and eight houses destroyed. Initial reports indicate that 400 to 500 households are in need of immediate health, WASH, Shelter/NFI and food assistance. People living along the Wadi Sharas dry river bed are particularly affected. The water infrastructure of Hajjah Governorate is reported to be in need of immediate repairs as a result of thefloods. In Sana’a, the Dharawan area in Hamdan District is flooded. Initial assessments across the district indicate at least 200 households (1,200 people) affected and reported deaths are being verified. In Bani Dhayban District, 40 farms report significant impact and several water pumps used for irrigation and drinking as damaged. Those who are displaced need emergency shelter and NFI assistance.

In Al Mahwit, in the At Tawilah district, three houses have reportedly been destroyed and five partially damaged.

In Aden, several houses and telecommunications facilities in Al Mualla and Attawahi Districts are reported to be damaged by floods and heavy rains.

In Marib, Harib Al Qaramish District, initial reports indicate that one person was killed and houses, roads, and farms significantly damaged by the heavy rains.

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