Almost 30,000 families in Yemen affected by rain

Almost 30,000 families in Yemen affected by rain

The rains hit 18 of Yemen's 21 provinces.Aden, Yemen.- Nearly 30,000 families have been affected by the rains that Yemen has suffered since last July, causing floods that have destroyed infrastructure and damaged agriculture, the NGO Care warned today.

A statement from the NGO highlighted that the rains have hit 18 of the country’s 21 provinces, which have been devastated after more than seven years of war.

At least 91 people died and many were injured or missing, he said.

The institution stressed that 190 sites housing more than 12,000 displaced families in Marib governorate were damaged by the floods.

Care warned of increased risks from waterborne diseases like cholera.

The NGO Oxfam recently warned that the grave situation in the nation has worsened in recent months due to the rise in food prices on the world market.

Yemen imports 90 percent of its food, including 42 percent of its wheat, from Ukraine, he recalled.

The World Food Program announced weeks ago that around 19 million Yemenis out of a total of 31 million are food insecure, although the number could rise dramatically this year.

The war began in 2014 when the Houthi rebels took up arms and occupied large parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

The following year, a Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in the conflict to support then-President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who handed power to the new Presidential Leadership Council. (pl)