Dam collapse kills 4 in Yemen

World Materials 1 May 2023 04:31 (UTC +04:00)
Dam collapse kills 4 in Yemen

Four people were killed in Yemen on Sunday after the collapse of a water dam in the Al Mahwit governorate, about 111 km west of the capital Sanaa, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

Local authorities confirmed that the Al-Aqabi Dam in the Hafash district of Al Mahwit governorate had collapsed, causing a flood that swept away a mosque with four people inside, killing all of them.

The flood also damaged nearby houses.

The governorate has been under the control of the Houthi group since 2014.

Adel Issa, an official appointed by the Houthis in the governorate, attributed the dam's collapse to heavy rains and torrential flows.

Two rescue and ambulance vehicles were dispatched to the scene by authorities in Sanaa, he added.

Yemen's National Center of Meteorology issued a warning to citizens in several governorates, including Al Mahwit, about heavy rains and advised them to avoid traveling through torrential passages, valleys, and reefs during and after the rainfall.