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A Unesco-listed historic house collapsed in heavy rains in Sanaa. — AP

Thu - 11 Aug 2022 - 11:54 PM ،،،

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 Torrential rains across southwestern Yemen and the country’s capital of Sanaa have triggered flashfloods and collapsed homes, killing at least 38 people over the past two days, officials said on Thursday.

Scores of homes in Sanaa and the provinces of Dhamar and Ibb have completely collapsed or have been significantly damaged, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

The areas are controlled by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are at war with forces loyal to the country’s internationally recognised government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen’s annual rainy season usually starts in May and lasts until August but this year, the Arab world’s most impoverished country has seen heavier-than-usual rains accompanied by thunderstorms.