Floods Kill Dozens in Congo, Eight in Yemen

  • Following the overflow of the Mulongwe River, several localities in the cities of Bukavu and Uvira have been left badly flooded.
  • At least 15 Yemenis have died in flooding in the past 48 hours.
  • Yemen is home to the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world, a war, flooding, and coronavirus.

At least 36 people have died and 42 others injured by floods in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DRC’s eastern provinces, especially South Kivu, have been hard hit by heavy rains in recent days. As per the UN’s estimates, more than 1.2 million people have been displaced by the catastrophe and are in dire need of food, as well as the other basic amenities.

South Kivu is one of 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its capital is Bukavu.

“In most cases, people have left behind their homes, their fields and livestock, which are their sole source of food and income,” said the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative in DRC, Martin Ohlsen. “They are therefore – even if they just fled 20 kilometres away from their village – cut off from any sort of support for their families.”

Many houses were destroyed and bridges had collapsed, according to the initial estimates. Following the overflow of the Mulongwe River, several localities in the cities of Bukavu and Uvira have been left badly flooded.

Various humanitarian organizations have since pitched camp in the area and are assisting with search and rescue operations. Meteorologists forecast that heavy rains are still expected in the east and southern parts of the country any time soon, and have implored residents to be cautious.

Floods in Aden, Southern Yemen, Kill Eight

Elsewhere, eight people have died— including five children— and dozens more were injured by flooding in Aden, the main city in the southern part of Yemen, officials said today. At least 15 Yemenis have died in flooding in the past 48 hours. Yemen is the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula.

The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015 between two factions: the Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi-led Yemeni government and the Houthi armed movement, along with their supporters and allies. Both claim to constitute the official government of Yemen.

On Tuesday, at least seven people died and 85 were injured in several northern provinces due to bad weather, as per reports by the UN. The capital, Sanaa, and other regions of Yemen, especially in the north, have been affected by heavy rains for several weeks. The country is at war, with the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the UN.

Since 2014, Huthi rebels, aided by Iran, have been fighting the Yemeni government, internationally recognized and with military support since 2015 from a coalition led by Saudi Arabia. More than three million Yemenis are displaced due to the conflict, most are in camps and are particularly exposed to the risk of spreading diseases, such as cholera and malaria.

Yemen also registered its first case of the new coronavirus in early April. “People have died, houses have been damaged, camps (for displaced people) have been affected and these floods could accelerate the spread of cholera,” Samah Hadid, of the non-governmental organization Oxfam, warned today. According to the official, “there may be a million cases of cholera this year with the beginning of the rainy season in Yemen,” in addition to the “serious threat of coronavirus in the country.”

Hundreds of vehicles floated on the streets of Aden today. Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed declared the city a “disaster zone” on Tuesday. At least 10 houses have been destroyed and 90 others are damaged, according to a government official. According to the UN, more than 80% of Yemen’s population depends on humanitarian aid.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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