Second cyclone in a week slams Yemen

Published November 8th, 2015 - 03:00 GMT
Yemen's southern port city of Aden remains flooded from cyclone Chapala, and another cyclone is on the way. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
Yemen's southern port city of Aden remains flooded from cyclone Chapala, and another cyclone is on the way. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)

AFP reports that a second cyclone made landfall on Socotra, a Yemeni island, just days after cyclone Chapala displaced over 44,000 people.

The new cyclone, Megh, brings more flash flooding and heavy winds. Last week, cyclone Chapala dumped a decade's worth of rain on Yemen, with windspeed of over 145km. 

Yemen's Minister of Fisheries, Fahd Kavieen, a Socotra native, sent an emergency request to the UN and neighboring Oman to "urgently intervene with emergency teams to save residents" on the island "which is now facing a cyclone stronger than Chapala."

The windspeeds and water levels for cyclone Megh are currently unknown. While the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) states that Megh is less powerful than Chapala, Socotra and southeastern Yemen are already devestated and waterlogged from last week's cyclone.

AFP reports that WMO spokeswoman, Clare Nullis, states that a single tropical cyclone hitting the Arabian Peninsula is highly unusal, but two cyclones within a week was, "an absolutely extraordinary event." 

Socotra residents had just begun returning to their homes this weekend after Chapala, and immediately had to evacuate again on Sunday.

Over 18,000 people on Socotra evacuated during Chapala, which made landfall on Tuesday, and 237 homes were destroyed, according to the UN agency Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Jens Laerke.

OCHA has an emergency response team, based in Oman, coordinating the relief efforts for the two cyclones. 


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