Frost kills three soldiers, destroys crops [Archives:2005/901/Local News]

December 8 2005

SANA'A- Dec.6- Three army recruits have died in the Yemeni province of Dhamar as a result of several frostbites that affected them as a result of the negligence of their training officers and army authorities, the three recruits were sleeping in tents in sub-zero temperature during a military drill.

Their death came as a part of a cold wave which hit the country over the last few days, affecting livestock and destroying crops particularly vegetables and fruits production in the governorates of Sana'a, Amran, Dhamar, Marib, Ibb and Sa'ada were affected by the cold wave, many farmers have lost millions of Riyals after their farms were destroyed by the frost, leading to an increase in the prices of vegetables and fruits, such as the price of tomato was exceeded 200 Riyals per kg whereas the usual price never exceeds 50 Riyals.

The General Authority of Meteorology confirmed that the cold wave will continue over the coming few days. It mentioned that the temperature drop to sub-zero degrees in the governorates of Sana'a, Dhamar, Ibb and al-Dhale' along with several districts like Rada'a which is of high altitude. It also warned citizens to be prepared; pointing out different kinds of crops will be affected by the frost.