In pictures: Deadly floods hit Yemen’s historic capital

Worker on a roof of a damaged building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa Image copyright EPA

More than 130 people have been killed during heavy rains in Yemen since mid-July, authorities in the rebel-held capital Sanaa say.

Dozens of others have also been injured.

The flooding has caused extensive damage to historic sites in Sanaa’s Old City, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

The city is home to hundreds of distinctive brown and white houses, which date back to before the 11th Century.

They have long been threatened by disrepair and the violence of war.

A Yemeni holding a yellow umbrella stands in front of a collapsed building in Sanaa Image copyright EPA
A man walks in the ruins of a damaged building in Sanaa Image copyright Reuters

One resident, Muhammad Ali al-Talhi, told Reuters news agency that he and his family had been left homeless after the ancient building they lived in was destroyed on Friday.

“Everything we had is buried,” he said.

Workers demolish a building damaged by rain in Sanaa Image copyright Reuters
Yemeni boys enjoy rainwater at a flooded street following heavy rainfall in the old quarter of Sanaa Image copyright EPA
Image caption The water brought some joy to these boys in Sanaa’s Old City
Workers demolish a building damaged by rain in the Unesco World Heritage site of the old city of Sanaa Image copyright Reuters

More than five years of conflict in Yemen have led to what the UN describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Millions of people are dependent on food aid, and coronavirus is believed to be spreading – largely unreported – through the country.

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