Yemen – Tropical Cyclone Chapala (ECHO, GDACS, JTWC, NMS, NASA, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 3 November 2015)

  • Tropical Cyclone CHAPALA has been affecting southern Yemen with heavy rainfall, strong winds, storm surge and high waves. As of 2 November, the island of Socotra recorded over 100 people injured, 80 houses destroyed and another 100 partially damaged, according to local media. One death has been reported by international media. Evacuations along the island's coast had taken place before CHAPALA's approach. The heavy rains triggered severe floods in the town of Mukalla. There are no reports yet about casualties and level of damages. There is still no information about the inland situation. CHAPALA moved west, towards the southern-central coast of Yemen, weakening significantly over the past 24 h, but remaining a strong Tropical Cyclone.

  • On 3 November around 06.00 a.m. CHAPALA has seemingly made landfall south west of Mukalla town (Navy NRL TC). The storm started to dissipate after landing, but heavy rains and strong winds will continue to provoke floods, mudslides and landslides. The archipelago of Socotra, the governorates of Shabwah and Hadramaut and possibly also those of Abyan, Marib and Al Bayda will continue being affected by heavy rainfall and strong winds over the next 24 h. The province of Shabwah might be the one most affected.

  • Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC), the Khalifa Foundation and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre announced they will establish an air bridge to dispatch relief items to Al Mahra, Hadramout, Shabwa and East Socotra provinces.