Sanaa: A rare tropical cyclone has slammed into Yemen, triggering heavy flooding and causing damage in a region of the war-racked country.
Packing winds of more than 100 km/h, Cyclone Chapala made landfall in the southeastern provinces of Hadramawt and Shabwa, Minister of Fisheries Fahd Kafain told the AFP news agency.
“The damage is enormous,” said the minister on Tuesday, part of a commission set up to deal with the cyclone that brewed in the Arabian Sea.
The World Health Organisation said that it had delivered trauma kits for 1,000 patients in Mukalla and was providing fuel for hospitals and ambulances.
It said Hadramawt and Shabwa had a combined population of about 1.8 million people, including more than 100,000 internally displaced and 27,000 refugees.
The storm earlier wreaked havoc on the island of Socotra, located 350km off the Yemeni mainland.
Three people were killed, more than 200 injured, and dozens of houses and hamlets severely damaged or washed away.
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