Many families were forced to move because of the hurricane and receive tents and mattresses as relief in Hodeidah province. / AFP

Severe weather, exacerbated by climate change, has dealt a heavy blow to Yemen, where heavy rains have killed at least 77 people. In total, the United Nations estimates that some 35,000 families were affected by severe weather between 27 July and 10 August; another crisis in a country devastated by war and famine – the greatest humanitarian catastrophe ever.

So far, heavy rains have affected 85 municipalities across the country, according to data held by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Territory (OCHA Yemen). Many families were displaced by the storm and received tents, mattresses and bedding, as well as food and other necessities as relief after their homes were damaged.

But the problem is not over. According to forecasts, the UN fears that a strong storm will last at least until next week. Specifically, it is expected that until next Saturday. OCHA Yemen expects heavy rains to affect an additional 20,000 people in the country in the coming days, while authorities fear more people will die as a result.

The same situation is happening in Guatemala, where about thirty people died because of the hurricane. The national disaster risk reduction coordinator said in a general report that twenty-eight people were killed, fourteen were injured and four were missing. More than 30,000 citizens turned to emergency services, about 10,000 residents were evacuated. In total, more than two million people were affected.

Most of the victims were recorded in the northern cities of Alta Verapaz and Huehuetenango, as well as in the southern Escuintla and Zacapa. The most affected areas are indigenous villages. Seventeen bridges and five highways, as well as hundreds of buildings, were destroyed due to the flooding of the Polocha River, according to the balance of power.

Source: El Correo


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