Yemen: Flash flooding in seven Governorates - Flash Update 2 | 19 April 2016 [EN/AR]

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 19 Apr 2016

Highlights:

  • An estimated 49,000 people have been affected and 24 deaths have been reported.

  • Significant losses to livelihood assets are reported, as crops have been damaged, livestock drowned, agricultural inputs lost.

  • More than 10 national and international humanitarian organizations are coordinating the response with national authorities.

Situation Overview:

Humanitarian partners and authorities continue to assess and respond to affected communities in seven governorates in Yemen that were affected by the heavy rainfall on 13 and 14 April. An estimated 49,000 people have been affected and 24 deaths have been reported in Al Hudaydah, Amran, Hajjah, Sana’a, Aden, Marib and Al Mahwit governorates.

Al Hudaydah continues to be the most affected Governorate, as 20 villages have reportedly been affected and an estimated eight people were killed. The most severe damage is reported in Az Zuhrah and Alluheyah districts. OXFAM reports that at least 1,080 households (6,480 people) have been affected; including 300 IDP households (1,800 people). An estimated 80 per cent of households in Al-Rafee’e and 90 per cent of households in Rabu Al Wadi are currently staying in open spaces due to lack of shelter. Abs Development Organization for Women and Child (ADO) is reporting that approximately 600 households (3,600 people) have been displaced. Flooding continues to limit access to some areas thus hindering assessments. Losses to livelihoods include sorghum, sesame and maize stocks, livestock and 30 hectares of crop. In addition, markets are not functioning.

In Amran, more than 3,000 households (18,000 people) have been affected; many of which have been housed in public schools. Initial estimates indicate that 200 houses have been destroyed. Roads and water infrastructure have also been damaged. Nearly 1,196 households were assessed between 15 and 17 of April. The five assessment teams deployed to Amran City by the Emergency Operation Team assessed 824 families (4,944 people). Findings highlighted the need for rapid intervention in the sectors of shelter/NFIs food, water and sanitation and health. Initial reports also indicate that 200 families (12,000 people) in Amran and Jabal Eyal Yazeed districts lost their livestock and crops.

In Hajjah, an OXFAM assessment conducted on 14 April in Sharas District reported that 14 people were killed due to rockslides, 150 households (900 people) were displaced and roads to seven villages were cut off. The water infrastructure sustained significant damage, jeopardising supply for 98,512 people. The local water corporation is preparing a damage list in coordination with UNICEF. According to local authorities, the floods damaged 12 irrigation wells, three drinking wells, 30 water harvesting reservoirs, 32 crop farms, and two protective walls for fields. In addition, 430 head of livestock were lost.

In Sana’a, the Executive Unit is finalising an assessment of Dharawan area in Hamdan District. Some 108 households (648 people) are reportedly displaced. Also, a bridge in Manakhah District that was previously targeted by an airstrike was damaged by mudslides.

In Aden, Oxfam is reporting that 200 households (1,200 people) have been affected in Al Breqah district.

Additional reports indicate that Al Tawahi, Muala and Crater districts have been affected by the heavy rains, raising concerns regarding malaria and dengue. Areas in Crater need support in terms of food and hygiene commodities.

In Marib, the most affected areas are in Harib Al Qaramish District. Flooding has significantly damaged a number of public and private properties such as water infrastructure, water pumps, agricultural land as well as the main road leading to Harib Al Qaramish District. In Sirwah District, YRCS estimated that 1,600 IDPs are affected by the floods.

In Al Mahwit, reportedly, a dam burst causing flooding in farmlands and further destruction to infrastructure.

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