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Yemen: Historic buildings collapse in Sanaa after heavy rains | Flood News

Houthi officials say 10 buildings have been destroyed in the old city of Yemen’s capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Heavy rains in Yemen’s ancient capital, Sana’a, recently caused the collapse of 10 buildings in the old city, Houthi rebels said.

At least 80 other buildings have been badly damaged by the rain and require urgent repairs. yemen civil war said Wednesday, more than eight years ago.

The Old Town of Sanaa is UNESCO world heritageThe area is believed to have been inhabited for over 2,000 years. Its architecture is unique, with the foundation and first floors of stone and the subsequent floors of brick, and is considered part of the world’s first skyscraper.

The building has a red brick façade decorated with ornately patterned white plaster moldings, compared to gingerbread houses, a style that has come to symbolize the Yemeni capital. Many of the houses are still private homes, some more than 500 years old.

In a statement, the Houthi government’s culture minister, Abdullah Al-Qabsi, said the rebels were seeking help in coping with the destruction in cooperation with international organizations. There was no

A Yemeni inspects a rain-destroyed UNESCO World Heritage building in the old city of Sanaa on August 10. [Hani Mohammed/AP Photo]

The houses have stood for centuries, but this season’s heavy rains have proved too much for the iconic structure. I am making a large pile of rubble in between.

“When I hear the rain and pray to God, I get scared because I am afraid that my house will collapse.” old Town.

Al-Kabsi argued that UNESCO bears some responsibility for rescue and restoration efforts given the region’s history. Years of neglect under the previous administration have taken their toll, he added.

A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, pushing back the Houthis who had taken over most of the country, including Sana’a, and restoring an internationally recognized government ousted from the capital by rebels.

Earlier this month, the warring parties agreed extend the truce It had been in place for two more months since April.

Some observers believe the air strikes on Sanaa Saudi-led coalition It probably shook the historic building and damaged its foundation. But according to Mohamed al-Hakeemi, who heads a local organization called The Green Dream, which specializes in environmental issues in Yemen, lack of maintenance is the biggest problem.

The 2021 initiative has repaired hundreds of homes and rebuilt 12. This is the first serious maintenance since the war began.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/10/yemen-historic-buildings-collapse-in-sanaa-after-heavy-rains Yemen: Historic buildings collapse in Sanaa after heavy rains | Flood News

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