Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018Ongoing
A new tropical storm has developed in the southwest Arabian Sea where it intensified yesterday evening into Cyclone Mekunu. The cyclone is moving currently north-northwest at a speed of 11 km/h. Mekunu is expected to continue moving in this direction during the remainder of this week and make landfall near Salalah, Oman on about Saturday 26 May. A major fluctuation in tropical weather over the southern Arabian Sea known as the Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO) is likely to cause Mekunu to strengthen further. As a result, heavy rains are forecasted for Socotra Island, followed by the southern Arabian coast from Sayhut in eastern Yemen to Salalah and Ash Shuwaymiyyah in southern Oman, which could cause local flooding and damage. (FAO, 23 May 2018)
The impact of cyclone ‘Mekunu’ on Yemen’s eastern mainland, after it had made landfall in the Sultanate of Oman on 26 May, has been limited. Minor damage has been reported to infrastructure in the districts of Hawf and Shahan of Al Maharah Governorate. Two ships reportedly sank in Al Gaydah and the cycolone damaged agricultural equipment. Meanwhile, assessments and relief efforts continue on the island of Socotra. On 27 May, [IFRC] reported that seven people have died and eight are still missing due to the cyclone...Local authorities and the Displacement Tracking Team led by the International Organization for Migration (DTM/IOM) have reported a total of 507 families being displaced in Hadibo and Qalansiyah. Communities living in Badahola have evacuated their areas as reportedly they have been surrounded by flood water. The majority of the affected population (90 per cent) are hosted in schools, with the rest staying in other government buildings...An inter-cluster assessment team is expected to travel to Socotra on 29 May with the support of UNHAS. (OCHA, 28 May 2018)
An inter-cluster mission led by OCHA visited Socotra from 29 May to 4 June to assess humanitarian needs in the aftermath of cyclone “Mekunu”. Steroh, Badhola and Zahiq, in the area of Nowgd (located on the southern part of the island) are the locations most affected by the cyclone which the team was able to visit. It is estimated that in these areas 90 per cent of the population are in urgent need of food, non-food items and WASH assistance. Local authorities have warned of an imminent hunger crisis, if no resources are mobilized, as approximately 90 per cent of the population in the assessed areas lost their food stocks to the cyclone and are unable to sustain themselves. (OCHA, 07 Jun 2018)
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UNITAR – UNOSAT has performed a rapid satellite based analysis and assessment to illustrate the impact in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Mekunu-18 over Qalansiyah, Socotra Island, Yemen. For this analysis UNOSAT has used satellite images over the area before and after the cyclone:
• Pre event: Planet from 08 May 2018 (3 m resolution)
• Post event: Planet from 27 May 2018 (3 m resolution)
• Water flow with potentially high discharges is observed in wadis.
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• The humanitarian community is responding to needs following an escalation in fighting on the west coast.
• Humanitarian responses to the impact of Cyclone ‘Mekunu’ have been scaled up on Socotra Island.
• Deconfliction notifications submitted by OCHA on behalf of UN agencies to the Evacuation and Humanitarian Operations Committee (EHOC) have reached 10,000 since 2015.
• The first containerized cargo vessel to be granted access to Al Hudaydah port since November 2017 arrived on 26 May.
ABU DHABI, 28th May 2018 (WAM) -- The UAE has responded quickly, since the tropical Cyclone Mekunu hit the Yemeni island of Socotra, to rescue residents and assure they receive all the medical care needed.
First aircraft of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) relief effort arrives in line with directives from King Salman bin Abdulaziz and follow-up of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Initial shipment to be followed by planes carrying additional aid according to a relief schedule and plan, in coordination with the High Relief Committee
KSRelief said it also provided urgent food aid in the city of Hof in the remote province of Al-Mahra in southeast Yemen for 1,800 people affected by Mekunu
ABU DHABI, 27th May, 2018 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, KF, has transferred 17 Yemenis and those accompanying them to receive medical treatment and healthcare at UAE hospitals, following being injured by Cyclone Mekunu.
The assistance to the Yemenis follows the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of KF.
The impact of cyclone ‘Mekunu’ on Yemen’s eastern mainland, after it had made landfall in the Sultanate of Oman on 26 May, has been limited. Minor damage has been reported to infrastructure in the districts of Hawf and Shahan of Al Maharah Governorate. Two ships reportedly sank in Al Gaydah and the cycolone damaged agricultural equipment. Meanwhile, assessments and relief efforts continue on the island of Socotra.
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Tropical cyclone Mekunu has caused heavy rainfall on the Arabian coast including Socotra island of Yemen. Sustained maximum wind speeds reached 99-106mph (159-209kmph), (India Meteorological Department). Mekunu’s path mainly affected the two Yemeni governorates of Socotra and Al Mahrah.
SOCOTRA, 26th May, 2018 (WAM) -- The first UAE relief plane carrying 40 tonnes of humanitarian and food aid arrived on Saturday in Socotra, Yemen.
The assistance is provided by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, KF, to the population of the island that was struck by Cyclone Mekuno, turning it into a disaster area.
On Saturday 26 May, Tropical Cyclone MEKUNU blew into the Arabian Peninsula with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain. According to media, as of 26 May, one person has been killed in Oman, 40 people are missing from the Yemeni island of Socotra and hundreds of others have been evacuated in this Island. Portions of Salalah, Oman's third-largest city, lost electricity as the cyclone made landfall.
The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Mekunu’ over Oman moved further northwestwards with a speed of 14 Kmph during past 06 hours and lay centered at 0530 hours IST of today, 26 th May, 2018 over Oman near latitude 17.2 0N and longitude 53.30 E, about 85 km west northwest of Salalah. It is very likely to move northwestwards and weaken into a severe cyclonic storm during next 06 hours and into a deep depression during subsequent 06 hours.
As the system is away from Indian coast, no adverse weather is expected along & off west coast of India and Lakshadweep.
On 23 May 2018, tropical cyclone “Mekunu” swept through the island of Socotra flooding it heavily. On 24 May, the Government of Yemen declared a state of emergency and called on humanitarian organizations to support relief efforts. At the time of this report, rains have stopped and the cyclone is on course to make landfall in western Oman and eastern Yemen on 26 May.
May 25th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched an immediate response to Cyclone Mekunu, which is crashing into the Arabian Peninsula this weekend.
From its Contingency Fund, QRCS allocated $100,000 for initial relief in Yemen, providing emergency medical services and food and nonfood items.
Since Wednesday, QRCS's Disaster Information Management Center (DIMC) has been convened to keep up-to-date with the cyclone and ensure the availability of the relief reserves and field hospital for potential intervention.
by Reuters Friday, 25 May 2018 17:59 GMT
Yemen declared a state of emergency on Thursday for Socotra (Updates casualties, dateline)
By Mohammed Mokhashaf
ADEN, May 25 (Reuters) - Five people were killed and at least 40 missing on the Yemeni island of Socotra on Friday as Cyclone Mekunu pummelled the area before making its way to the Arabian Peninsula's southern coast.
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The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Mekunu’ over Westcentral Arabian Sea moved further north-northwestwards with a speed of 12 Kmph during past 06 hours, intensified slightly further and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST of today, 25 th May 2018 over Westcentral Arabian Sea near latitude 16.4 0N and longitude 54.1 0E, about 420 km nearly north of Socotra Islands and 70 km south of Salalah(Oman).