Flooding and flood-related displacement eased in October compared to previous months. However, authorities continued to battle a mosquito-spread dengue fever outbreak in Taiz governorate that has infected over 8,000 people and led to five deaths. Hospitals in Taiz governorate documented nearly 1,000 patients with the illness in October alone, according to medical workers and a source in the Taiz Health Office. Transmitted via mosquitoes, dengue fever causes flu-like symptoms, including fever, and in some cases can be fatal. On October 13, a health education official said that the number of infections has so far reached more than 8,400 in 2022, including 4,300 since mid-July, and caused five deaths. The outbreak has been exacerbated by the deterioration of the healthcare system, leaving local authorities struggling to contain it.
Infrastructure and Natural Disasters
Flooding closed a road October 5 in Wadi Ahwar, in eastern Abyan’s Al-Ahwar district, cutting the Aden-Hadramawt road. Torrential rains pounded the area through October 10.
In Shabwa governorate, multiple oil leaks were reported in the pipeline linking the Ayad oil field to the port of Nushayma, causing concern among locals of larger spills. An October 6 oil leak in the pipeline transporting crude oil from the Ayad field to the port of Nushayma on the Arabian Sea was tracked down in the Malbujah district of Mayfa’a in southern Shabwa. Residents of the Gharir area of Al-Rawda district in southeast Shabwa reported another oil leak in the Ayad pipeline on October 27.
On October 7, earthquake-like vibrations were reported in Shabwa’s Ataq district. The tremors were first reported in mid-July and continued intermittently in August and September. Local authorities have remained silent on the issue, despite residents’ demands to reveal the source. Residents of Ataq fear the recurrent tremors may damage or collapse their homes.
A fire broke out October 8 at Ataq’s central power station in Shabwa, causing an electrical outage for about three hours. There had been extensive armed protests and popular discontent over revenge-linked violence in the city. However, it wasn’t clear whether the fire, its cause not yet known, was a politically motivated act of sabotage.