The number of fears among the residents of Ma’rib Governorate doubled with the level of the dam’s water rising to record levels this year, after a large amount of rain and torrential runoff.
The local authority in the governorate attributes part of the rumors campaign to the media linked to the Houthi militia, which has been trying to target citizens as part of the siege and psychological warfare it has waged on the province for months.
The Ma’rib Dam is an ancient water lake whose construction dates back to the beginning of the first millennium BC, as it is considered one of the oldest dams in the world, and was built by the Sabaeans, and is classified as one of the miracles of the ancient world.
During the past few weeks, torrential rains fell during the rainy weather that covered most of the Yemeni governorates between the city of Marib, to the east of the capital, Sanaa.
The abundance of rain and torrential damages caused severe damage to the homes of citizens and their plant and animal farms, as well as leaving dead and injured in a number of governorates.
According to specialists, the water level in the dam has increased after the influx of torrential rains in the country during the past few weeks to about 270 million cubic meters, according to the official Saba Agency, where the storage capacity of the dam is a maximum of 400 million cubic meters.
It is likely that if the rainy season continues to fall at this pace, the dam will become full during the coming period, which requires opening the dam’s valves and gradually emptying large quantities of water as part of the precaution.
In this context, on Thursday, the Governor of Ma’rib visited the Lake Ma’rib Dam; To see the status of the dam closely, and see the amount of water in it.
Major General Sultan Al-Arada (the head of the local authority and the head of the Sheba region) heard full details from the dam’s director about the dam’s status, the level of safety in technical terms, and its absorptive capacity.
The director of the dam, Eng. Ahmed Al-Areifi, said, “The dam is very safe from a technical and assimilative point of view, and there is no truth to what is published through the communication sites, and some of the media’s concerns are mostly unjustified.
He pointed out that the dam is still able to absorb a huge amount of water exceeding one hundred million cubic meters until it reaches the “flood” from the natural outlet within the limits of its safe and natural capacity.