Disastrous health and environmental conditions threaten residents of flooded Sanaa

Residents of the Yemeni capital Sanaa have expressed fears about the dire environment and sanitary conditions in their city, which is held by the Iran-backed Houthi militias following the recent devastating floods.

The floods caused sewage systems to flood with waste sweeping through the capital, turning its streets into veritable swamps and pools for disease.

Local sources have accused the so-called Houthi Water and Sewerage Authority of failing to carry out its duty to remove debris and rubbish from the blocked sewerage systems that led to the flooding of the network and overflow into the streets.

It has also done a poor job of pumping out standing water that has accumulated in streets and residential areas and turned into breeding grounds for disease and infestation.

The sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the authority limited its work to clearing areas where militia leaders live and deliberately neglected residential areas, leaving people to fend for themselves against floods, disease and infestations.

An engineer had previously accused the Houthis of neglecting the maintenance of the sewage system for years.

The system in Sanaa has all but collapsed, he told Asharq Al-Awsat on condition of anonymity.

Medical sources in the capital have warned of the prolonged flooding of sewage and the accumulation of water and waste in the streets.

They said the situation was conducive to the spread of deadly diseases, such as cholera, malaria, diphtheria, typhoid and others.

The World Health Organization said this week it was on high alert for an outbreak of cholera and malaria in the war-torn country, given the torrential rains and flooding that followed. .