Heavy rains, floods in Yemen kill 15

Torrential rainfall has triggered flooding and landslides in Yemen.

Sana`a: At least 15 people were killed after torrential rainfall triggered flooding and landslides in different parts of northwest Yemen on Wednesday, police said.

They said seven people died after floods swept away the car in which they were travelling in the Mashanna district of Ibb province, about 180 km south of the capital Sana`a.

Five people were killed and four injured when a rockslide destroyed a dam in neighbouring Dhamar province, officials said.

Massive flooding from the collapsed dam washed away a health centre, farms and roads.

In a separate incident in the same area, an elderly woman died and a man went missing - and was presumed dead - after their car was washed away.

Another man drowned after he was trapped in a flooded street in Sana`a.

Yemen`s Meteorological Authority said heavy downpours were expected to last for another week in north-western and southern parts of the country.

IANS

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