Yemeni government calls for help after heavy rains affect thousands of displaced families

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Yemeni government on Saturday urged the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to help after more than 9,000 internally displaced families in the country’s central province of Marib were affected by heavy rains.

   The Yemeni government called for relief to meet those families’ basic needs for shelter and food as well as to protect them from diseases and other health risks, the state-run Saba news agency reported.

   Heavy rains that began to hit various Yemeni areas since March 13 have resulted in flooding and caused property damages, it reported.

   The executive unit for the management of Internally Displaced Persons Camps in Marib said early Saturday that most displaced families in Marib and other Yemeni regions face difficult situations and require coordinated humanitarian efforts to prevent further harm to the country’s already vulnerable population.

   In the government-controlled province of Marib, thousands of displaced families live in emergency housing, such as tents, which cannot withstand harsh weather conditions and are frequently damaged during rainy seasons.

   In March 2022, the Yemeni government said that more than 2.2 million Yemenis were forced to leave their homes and live in displacement camps in Marib since 2014.

   Yemen has been mired in a deadly military conflict since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of several northern provinces and forced the internationally-recognized government out of the capital Sanaa. 

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