Cyclone Mekunu hits Yemeni island, many missing, people evacuated

Cyclone Mekunu, which lies some 670km off the coast of Salalah, a southern Omani port city, could cause flooding and damage to homes.

Yemen: Seven people were missing and hundreds of others evacuated from their homes after Cyclone Mekunu hit the Yemeni island of Socotra late on Wednesday, causing severe flooding and damage to houses, officials said.

Yemen high commision for distress announced Socatra a distressed zone, and called upon the Saudi led Coalition for help. While all communications from the island have been cut, clear picture of the situation on the ground is available

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Four of the missing were crew on board a boat that sunk when the storm hit the island in the Arabian Sea, a fisheries ministry official told AFP.

Another official said that 150 families had been evacuated and moved to government facilities after downpours caused houses and streets to flood, trapping people in their homes.

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Some residents carrying children tried to escape through the flooded streets, an AFP correspondent said.

Authorities called on humanitarian organisations and the Saudi-led military coalition that is battling Huthi rebels in the country to help, according to state-run news agency Saba.

In neighbouring Oman, authorities announced through the official news agency they were taking “necessary precautions” in case the cyclone hits Oman.

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