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More than 231,000 affected by rains in Yemen

More than 231,000 affected by rains in Yemen

Aden, Yemen, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) More than 231,000 people were affected by the heavy rains that hit Yemen in recent months, a country devastated by eight years of war, the UN warned.

In its latest report on the subject, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that in September flooding decreased in several governorates, compared to July and August.

Last month, 80% of the country was affected by rainfall of up to 2,500 millimeters, 45% more than that reported in the same period of 2021.

Three weeks ago, OCHA warned that this Arab nation experienced in 2022 ‘two climatic extreme situations, moving from severe drought to intense flooding’.

From January to June, Yemen suffered droughts, coupled with an unprecedented rise in temperatures, which affected all cultivated regions of the country, it said at the time.

This situation led to crop losses, heat stress and limited availability of fodder for livestock, affecting food security and increasing the risk of disease, malnutrition and, in extreme cases, deaths, OCHA lamented.

In contrast, it said, torrential rains and floods hit several areas of Yemen from mid-July onwards.

Rainfall that month was almost 300% above normal, he noted.

This weather situation heightened food insecurity in a country where up to 19 million people are struggling to find food, he said.

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