August 13, 2020

Yemen’s heritage battered first by bombs, then floods

Sanaa (AFP) – Muddy waters lap overfoot in Sanaa’s Old City, inhabited without interruption for more than 2,500 years but now facing disaster after floods that threaten the collapse of irreplaceable houses.The deluge risks finishing off the destruction of its distinctive buildings with their ochre brick facades and white latticework windows, experts say.The foundations were already weakened by bombings in Yemen’s long war. “Since dawn we have been trying to clean the mud off the roofs and drain the water — but it’s no use,” said Ali al-Ward, a long-time resident.”We sleep with fear in the pit…


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