Yemen – Tropical Cyclone Chapala (ECHO, OCHA, WFP, Log Cluster, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 5 November 2015)

  • After hitting Socotra and the coastal areas of Hadramaut and Shabwa, cyclone Chapala has decreased in force and moved further into Yemen. Five years’ worth of rain of at least 300 mm fell within 48 hours causing massive flooding in the three most-affected governorates.

  • The UN estimates that up to 1.1 million people may be affected and over 40 000 people displaced, but the full extent of the damage is still unknown. In Socotra island an estimated 20 000 people have been displaced from coastal areas, 3 people killed and 400 houses destroyed or damaged (initial reports). In Mukalla city heavy flooding caused 25 injuries; 12 750 people have left the coastal areas and 90 homes were destroyed or damaged. In Shabwa, 6 000 people were displaced to higher grounds.

  • Mukalla port is reported to be non-operational. All other ports in the Gulf of Aden are seemingly open and operational. The coastal route from Aden to Mukhala and the route from Sana'a to Mukhala (via Marib) are currently open.

  • On 4 November, three planes from Oman and one from the United Arab Emirates have reached Socotra carrying tents, blankets and food. Inter-agency convoys from Sana’a to Mukalla (via Marib) and from Aden to Mukalla are under preparation. WFP made available 20 trucks through local contractors to facilitate transport of humanitarian assistance to the affected areas.

  • A new Tropical Cyclone, FIVE, formed in the Arabian Sea on 5 November. At 6.00 UTC, its centre was located 1 140 km east of Socotra island and had maximum sustained wind speed of 65 km/h. It is forecast to move west, in the general direction of Socotra, over the next 48 h, intensifying.