Agricultural engineers in the governorate of Abyan warned against the possibility of the collapse of the “Batis” dam in Khanfar district in the event of continued rains and torrential flows.
Yemen is experiencing the strongest rainy weather in decades, targeting a number of northern, southern and western Yemeni governorates during the past few period, with great losses.
On Monday, the Runa Dam in Hababa, Amran Governorate, north of Sanaa, collapsed as a result of torrential rains that have been going on for days, causing 4 houses to be destroyed and 30 families evacuated, and no casualties, according to media sources.
The director of the Agricultural Engineering Unit in the Irrigation Department of the Khanfar Directorate, “Ali Al-Maisari”, said that the water level in the Wadi Banna and Hassan valleys reached its highest level since the beginning of the air depression, as the height of water in the Batis Dam reached about five meters, which caused clear cracks. In the walls of the dam, which requires rapid moves to heal the damage, before any possible collapse.
The valleys of the governorate have witnessed a massive flow of rain and caused severe damage to agricultural lands and property.
Meanwhile, “Al-Jarif” dam in Al-Aroush district of Khulan district, southeast of Sanaa, was damaged by heavy rains and torrential torrents, which threatens nearby villages if they collapse.
As for the Ma’rib Dam in the northeast, it received 270 million cubic meters of torrential rain resulting from heavy rains in the mountains surrounding the dam during the past few years.
It is the first time that water has flooded from the “Minsah” dedicated to the disposal of excess quantities since its restoration in 1086 AD.
World Meteorological Centers expect heavy heavy rains to continue during the next 10 days, reaching some 221 mm north of Hodeidah, which is a record number that will lead to the destruction of homes and properties in low and near valleys and flood streams.