Sana’a, Yemen (AP) —Floods have killed at least 14 people in Yemen in the last 24 hours, according to security officials. An unseasonable storm has hit parts of the country over the past week.
Floods are occurring in the provinces of Al Mafra, Hadramawt, Shabwah, Abeen and Sakaka in the southern and eastern parts of the country. In Shabwa, local officials said the father and daughter were believed to have drowned after the water moved quickly and carried the car away. The searchers only recovered the body of their father.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the media did not have the authority to brief.
Storms are not seasonal in the southern and eastern parts of the country and are usually dry during this time. In the northwestern highlands of the country, it rains seasonally from late spring to early autumn. The storm also damaged crops, roads, and telecommunications infrastructure.
At the end of Wednesday, the country’s meteorological bureau warned that the rest of the country needed to prepare for more rain in the next two days.
The poorest countries in the Arab world are divided into Houthi rebels in the north and internationally recognized governments in the south. Both sides have been at war since Iran-backed rebels struck much of the north and occupied the capital of Sana’a in late 2014. They exiled President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi’s government to Saudi Arabia.
Yemen is located in the southern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, overlooking the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.