At least eight people killed by floods in Yemen in recent hours

At least eight people have died during the last hours in Yemen due to heavy rains that have shaken a country already devastated by war and famine.

Floods swept away a car in the southwestern province of Dhamar and eventually drowned the six occupants inside, the head of the provincial emergency services, Nashwan al Samawi, has told the Yemeni rebel-controlled Saba news agency.

In Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, under insurgent control since late 2014, two children were crushed to death when part of their house collapsed as a result of heavy rains.

Torrential rains lashing both the capital and surrounding areas since Saturday night have paralyzed traffic on several roads, local residents have told DPA.

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The United Nations considers the conflict in Yemen a humanitarian disaster that has brought the country to the brink of collapse and has greatly deteriorated the national infrastructure.

A UN-brokered nationwide truce came into effect in Yemen in April; a ceasefire agreed by Government and the Huthi insurgency and renewed in June for another two months.

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