Yemen flood appeal - 30 Oct 2008

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A two-day torrential rain and storm on Oct 24th and 25th has caused severe flooding in the eastern part of Yemen. Two governorates - Hadramout and Al-Mahra - were declared as disaster areas.


- 560 houses totally damaged in the districts of Tarim, Sah, Shibam, Qatun and Wadi Al-Ayen

- 48 people reported missing

- 60% electricity supply has been cut off


- At least 10 persons killed

- 487 houses damaged

- 280 farms damaged

- 447 fishermen lost

- 31 small fishing boats lost at sea

On 26th Oct, heavy rain also swept through six other governorates - Marib, Al-Jawf, Shabwa, Lahj, Taiz and Sadaa - destroying crops, cattle, homes and infrastructure. Flood isolated many villages and districts while three schools and five secondary highways were damaged. The main bridge linking Shabwa and Hadramout was washed away.

Rescue operations have been hampered by lack of communication as most telephone service providers face damaged infrastructure. At the same time, accessibility via roads and highways is also difficult with bridges having been washed away too. Access to Seiyun and Shibam from Mukalla, where many homes have been destroyed, for example, is very difficult at present.

We seek your generosity to help reduce the suffering of the affected families and survivors. Among emergency items in demand are food, medicine, tents, and mattresses.

We are launching an emergency appeal to raise $250,000 for the badly affected survivors. Please help us to help them.