180 dead or missing after Yemen floods
Amy Judd | October 28, 2008 at 09:54 amby
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It is estimated that 180 are either dead or missing after severe floods in Yemen that have also left 10,000 people homeless.
Yemen is a country that is prone to flooding during the monsoon season.
The U.N. refugees agency UNHCR, which is already in the country working with refugees and asylum-seekers who have fled across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen from Somalia, said it was working to help Yemenis hurt by the disaster. About 2,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged and power lines, roads, phone lines and water supplies have been wrecked, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. Neighbouring Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million in aid to the flood victims, Yemen's media quoted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh as saying on Tuesday. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world and its government is grappling with a rebellion in the north, unrest in the south and a resurgence of al Qaeda, while a growing number of Somali refugees stretch its resources to the limit.
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