Yemen: Torrential floods wreak havoc in war-stricken country
Source ICRC
Posted 27 Jul 2020
Originally published
27 Jul 2020

Sanaa/Aden (ICRC) - Exceptionally heavy seasonal rains and deadly floods have hit Yemen hard in recent months, killing dozens of people and affecting tens of thousands of families across the country.

The start of heavy rains in mid-April coincided with the announcement of the first COVID-19 case in the conflict-torn nation, which is already struggling to cope with ongoing fighting, a fragile and overwhelmed healthcare system, high inflation and seasonal diseases.

"This year was the first time such torrential rains hit Aden, we are not used to such floods. Overnight my family and I found ourselves homeless and our belongings ruined. We are terrified now every time we hear an announcement that it will rain and feel paralyzed because we just can do nothing about it,” said Abu Fatima, who lost his home because of recent flooding in Aden province.

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Yemen Red Crescent Society have so far helped around 130,000 people who lost homes, businesses and belongings in the floods, and continues to assess the damage and needs in several places...