Reuters reports that planes loaded with supplies from Oman and UAE have arrived to the Yemeni island of Socotra for emergency response to Cyclone Chapala.
The UN estimates that at least 40,000 people have been displaced by the storm on the island and mainland.
“Initial reports suggest more than 40,000 people displaced or temporarily evacuated from coastal areas and at least 450 homes damaged and destroyed,” the UN aid agency OCHA said to Reuters.
Cyclone Chapala made landfall on Yemen on Monday. It is a Category 4 storm, with windspeed up to 145km. Cyclone Chapala brought almost two feet of rain to Yemen, which is more rain in one week than the total rainfall in the past decade. The cyclone is expected to lose strength as it moves further inland.
Affected residents are facing great difficulty in acquiring emergency aid. Yemen is in the middle of a months-long war, with airstrikes and scattered fighting. There is very little infrastructure and access to healthcare.
“There’s been severe damage the people’s farms and homes … two villages have been completely submerged, roads and bridges have been totally washed away by the floods and the government didn’t do a thing,” said Jamal Al-Awlaqi to Reuters, from Ataq, capital of Shabwa province located along the coast and inland.
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