Sanaa, Apr 16: A mother and her four children died when floodwaters caused by heavy rain swept them away in an internally displaced camp in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib, local health authorities said Thursday.
"The tent of the family in al-Swayda displaced camp in Marib city was dragged away by the flash floods on Wednesday evening," a health official in Marib's al-Jumohury hospital told Xinhua by phone. Torrential rains and flash floods have affected many tents in the internally displaced camp, he said on condition of anonymity. The local authorities have warned of further extreme weather in much of the country's northern provinces.
On Tuesday, two people died in the flash floods in the capital Sanaa. Residents are in fear of the spread of epidemics in the rainy season as the ongoing civil war has damaged more than half of Yemen's health facilities and paralyzed much of the infrastructure for clean water and sanitation. Cholera in Yemen has set the world's highest record with the infection of 1 million and more than 2,000 have been confirmed dead since 2017, according to the World Health Organization. (UNI)