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Landslide in Hajja kills three.

SANA'A, April 6CoA landslide in Hajja governorate left three members of the same family dead on Saturday.

Colonel Nasser Al-Shaban, the head of the Disaster Management Unit, said that rainfall affects the sedimentary rocks and the soil, leading to landslides. "The Ministry of Public Works and Highways shoulders the responsibility and it should find a solution for this phenomenon," Al-Shaban said.

However, Abdulkareem Meyad, the manager of the Civil Defense in Sana'a, said, the landslide that occured in Hajja was not because of rainfall. According to Meyad, it was a result of random digging for antiquities and gold.

"The Civil Defense is working to find places where potential landslides could occur in this season and how these landslides could be prevented," Meyad said.

Ibrahim Al-Hadha, an eyewitness, said he believes that excessive digging at the foot of the mountain led to the landslides. He said the landslide that occurred in Hajja killed a man as well as his son and a three-year old girl.

Meyad urged people to be aware and prepared to assist the Civil Defense in case landslides occur. He said residents should notify the authorities if they suspect people of illegal or dangerous digging, particularly during the rainy season when weather conditions make the ground unstable.

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Date:Apr 8, 2014
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