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At least 47 dead in Yemen storms

At least 41 people were killed in floods and six more died after being struck by lightning in Yemen, say officials.

world Updated: Oct 25, 2008 14:45 IST

At least 41 people were killed in floods and six more died after being struck by lightning in Yemen, officials said on Saturday.

Preliminary information received by AFP from emergency services and local authorities said 41 people died as floods swept through the southeastern provinces of Hadramaut and Mahara on Thursday and Friday.

They said four people were killed by lightning in the southern provinces of Tayez and Lahj, and a mother and son also died when struck by lightning in the Al-Mahwit region north of the capital Sanaa.
An earlier toll put the number of people killed by the fierce weather at 24. Hadramaut and Mahra were both declared disaster zones yesterday, officials said.

Rescue coordinators said that among the victims were seven people who perished in Al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaut which is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea.

An official told AFP that also among the affected areas was the UNESCO world heritage site of Shibam which was totally isolated by the flood waters and its historic buildings were threatened with collapse.

Shibam, home to more than 20,000 people, is famous for its high-rise mudbrick buildings that have given the town the nickname of "the Manhattan of the desert.

Rescue coordinators said that among the victims were seven people who perished in Al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaut which is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea.

An official told AFP that also among the affected areas was the UNESCO world heritage site of Shibam which was totally isolated by the flood waters and its historic buildings were threatened with collapse.

Shibam, home to more than 20,000 people, is famous for its high-rise mudbrick buildings that have given the town the nickname of "the Manhattan of the desert.