YEMEN Press Agency

Old Sanaa threatened with collapse due to heavy rainfall

SANAA, Aug. 09 (YPA) – Amanat Al Asimah has warned of an imminent  disaster that threatens 100 houses in the Old City of Sana’a, due to heavy rainfall  over the capital, Sana’a.

A meeting held on Tuesday, chaired by the mayor of the capital, Hamoud Obbad, called on businessmen to provide the necessary assistance for the maintenance and restoration of houses that are about  to collapse on the heads of their residents.

He instructed the directors of the districts in Amanat Al Asimah to urgently purchase 75 water pumps, distribute 50 of them to the wide directorates, and use them in the affected neighborhoods during emergency situations.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated the Old City of Sanaa as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

 The Old Sanaa City has been subjected to a number of direct coalition airstrikes, and near the city during the past years, which led to the destruction of some houses. The airstrikes also caused cracks in dozens of historic buildings in the old city.