The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, on Monday, met with Yemen President, Rashad Mohamed Al-Alimi, to express support for the flood ravaged country.
Blinken made this known in a statement issued via his X handle on Monday.
He wrote, “Important meeting Yemeni @PresidentRashad today to convey our support for the Presidential Leadership Council and its commitment to advancing peace in Yemen and easing Yemenis’ suffering.”
Over the weekend, flooding and lightning struck in Yemen killing eight civilians, an official and a doctor, according to AFP.
This development followed the threat of extreme weather in the war-ravaged country.
It was gathered that the lightning strikes occurred on Friday in the Al-Layha and Al-Zahra districts of Hodeida governorate on the Red Sea coast.
Also on Friday, flooding killed one woman and destroyed dozens of homes in the nearby town of Hais, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
Hais is located in territory controlled by the internationally recognized government based in the southern city of Aden.
Extreme weather has displaced more than 200,000 people in Yemen so far this year, “many of whom had already been displaced multiple times,” the UN Population Fund reported earlier this week.
“Heavy rain is now forecast to affect nearly 2 million displaced people over the coming weeks, threatening lives and livelihoods across multiple communities,” it said.
The nearly decade-long war has left infrastructure in tatters across Yemen.