Sana’a, 20 September 2022 (TDI): The World Bank has launched a project in Yemen that demonstrates a simple rainwater collection technology.

The project was launched in order to reduce the effects of global warming while improving the lives of individuals, significantly those living in rural areas of the Middle Eastern country.

Rain Water Collection Project

Numerous rural villages in Yemen lack access to essential amenities and finding safe drinking water is the largest problem for these communities.

Due to climate change, rainfall is becoming more erratic and limited in Yemen. Therefore, the World Bank and its partners collaborated with the locals in three villages to develop their own rainwater gathering systems in order to increase access to drinkable water and support families.

These three villages include Al-Adn (Ba’adan in Ibb), Al-Anin (Wasab Al-Aali), Dhamar, and Hawf.

The initiative highlights how rainwater collection in cisterns, a relatively easy technique, can play a significant part in lessening the consequences of global warming and making the living condition better for many people, especially those living in rural regions.

Yemen’s water crises

Yemen is one of the nations with the least access to water. The provision of clean drinking water has been one of the main issues that people have been and will face in the upcoming years because around 18 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation.

Variations in average annual rainfall and the onset of droughts in some locations are two main problems that occur due to climate change.

There are several benefits of the World Bank’s water project in Yemen. These benefits include the ability for communities to collect rainwater in huge quantities and store it in cisterns for later use.

Apart from this, rather than having to rely on polluted public ponds, the World Bank’s project will serve as another advantage of the domestic rainwater harvesting program. The harvesting program was launched by the World Bank in Yemen in August 2022.