Yemeni security officials say two people have been killed in flooding west of the capital Sanaa as heavy rainfall drenched much of northern Yemen.

Medical officials say civil defense workers rescued five people who were injured in Sunday's heavy rain, as the water washed away cars in Sanaa and surrounding areas.

Interior ministry officials say more than 50 people have been killed in heavy rainfall and flooding in northern and central Yemen since the wet season began last month.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.