Cyclone Chapala dumps a decade worth of rain on Yemen causing major flooding

November 2015YEMEN The coast of Yemen, an area unaccustomed to dealing with the devastation of tropical systems, has taken a direct hit from the powerful and dangerous Cyclone Chapala. As Chapala made landfall Tuesday, it dumped enormous amounts of rainfall on the arid coast – as much as a decade’s worth, according to some forecasts. This caused major flooding and swamped entire towns. Relief Web reported Tuesday that the cyclone has already caused severe flooding in the country’s fifth-largest city, Mukalla, with 25 reported injuries. Initial reports suggest that more than 12,750 people have left their homes in coastal areas of Hadramaut governorate.  At least 90 homes have reportedly been damaged or destroyed.
“The wind knocked out power completely in the city and people were terrified. Some residents had to leave their homes and escape to higher areas where flooding was less; it was a difficult night but it passed off peacefully,” Mukalla resident Sabri Saleem told Reuters. There have been no confirmed injuries in Mukalla so far, the report added. Chapala weakened to a tropical storm late Tuesday night, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in its routine monthly Desert Locust Bulletin issued Tuesday, said heavy rains from Cyclone Chapala “are likely to result in favorable ecological conditions” for the growth of desert locusts in the central part of the country. The bulletin warned those conditions “could last well into next spring.”
Before hitting the mainland, Chapala sideswiped the Yemeni island of Socotra on Sunday. At least three people were killed and more than 200 were injured on Socotra, according to Emirates 24/7. There was also a huge loss of property on the island, the report added. An estimated 20,000 people were reportedly evacuated from coastal areas and close to 400 houses were damaged or destroyed, Relief Web reported. “The damage is enormous and we fear human losses,” Socotra Island Minister of Fisheries Fahd Kafain told Emirates 24/7. Locals sought shelter in government buildings and schools, as high water levels flooded numerous streets in Hadibo. It is likely that a combination of heavy rainfall and storm surge caused the flooding. –Weather
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8 Responses to Cyclone Chapala dumps a decade worth of rain on Yemen causing major flooding

  1. Truthy1 says:

    Weaponized Weather,Divine Judgement or Natural Disaster ? Life here on Earth is getting very interesting indeed.


  2. Gee…Think all that water might cool off some of the hot tempers in that part of the world?…..NAH!


  3. pac says:

    What a shock for the people of Yemen, more so because they do not have experience with this kind of storm! Wow! How quickly a desert area can transform!


  4. Nothing reported on the mainstream news… as there isn’t about the fires in Indonesian.. Glad you are informing us about relative topics Alvin.. xx


  5. andy breuker says:

    Alvin, have you seen this? Good article posted today at geoengineeringwatch:


  6. Yellow Bird says:

    for anyone doing further research, UAE free press published a lengthy and VERY detailed report + video/images here:

    also stay tuned as there appears to be another strong storm(s) building in this ordinarily calm sea.


  7. Yellow Bird says:

    one more article from India, this one has more pix that ive not seen elsewhere including of the damage in Al Mukallah:


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