Flooding Kills 18 People in Southern Yemen: Officials

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - At least 18 people have been killed in southern Yemen in flooding caused by heavy rains, the government-run news agency Saba reported on Wednesday.

Flooding Kills 18 People in Southern Yemen: Officials

Monsoon rains on Tuesday night flooded the al-Maqatra Wadi in Lahij province, south-west of the city of Ta'iz, sweeping away dozens of cars and vehicles, local officials were cited as saying.

"The bodies of 10 people have been found and a search is continuing for the other eight," the agency quoted one official as saying, appealing for international help, Reuters reported.

Aid organizations have warned that the rainy season could exacerbate a cholera epidemic in Yemen.

Since it began four months ago, it has infected more than half a million people and killed nearly 2,000, the World Health Organization said earlier this month.

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