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Second Rare Cyclone Batters Yemen, Kills One

Written by Fakhri Al-Arashi


A second extremely rare and powerful cyclone in two weeks battered the Yemeni island of Socotra with hurricane-force winds, killing a woman and causing around 5,000 people to flee their homes, a local official said.

The new storm, called Megh, comes less than a week after Cyclone Chapala killed 11 Yemenis on Socotra and the mainland, dumping nearly a decade of average annual rainfall on the impoverished and war-torn country in just two days.

According to the World Meteorological Organization Megh is expected to hit Yemen’s coast east of Aden as a severe cyclonic storm by Tuesday, with sustained winds of 90 km-120 km.