Floods kill 18 in war-torn Yemen, 32 still miss­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Ye­meni se­cu­rity of­fi­cials and wit­nesses say flood­ing in the war-bat­tered city of Taiz has killed at least 18 peo­ple and that an­other 32 have gone miss­ing. They said Wed­nes­day that the flood wa­ters were 3.5 me­tres deep in some places, the high­est in decades, and had swept away dozens of ve­hi­cles. The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to brief re­porters. Taiz has been the fo­cus of heavy fight­ing be­tween Shi­ite Houthi rebels and gov­ern­ment forces, which are backed by a Saudi-led coali­tion. The civil war has killed more than 10,000 civil­ians. An out­break of cholera has killed more than 2,000 peo­ple since late April. The United Na­tions has warned that the cholera epi­demic could worsen with the on­set of heavy rains and flood­ing.

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