Since last week, the southern Middle East region has been witnessing Cyclone Mekunu and has had an unstable weather impact across the Arab World and parts of South East Asia.
Yemen and Oman have been affected
Socotra Island in Yemen was the first to be affected on May 20 and witnessed rampaging waves from the Arabian Sea attacking the island with heavy rains. According to news outlet Arab News, more than 30 people of Sudanese, Indian and Yemeni nationalities have been reported missing. In Oman, three people have been reported dead and two people have been reported missing. Towns like Salalah and Mohra have lost water and power facilities.
Cyclone Mekunu has battered Socotra off the coast of Yemen and has made a bit of a mess of Salalah in southern Oman. Cat 3 downgraded in the last hour to Cat 1. pic.twitter.com/SoDZ9ZZv1Z
UAE’s weather is likely to be partly cloudy and hazy
Watch out for haze, winds and rainfall this week as the National Center of Meteorology(NMC) announced the weather this week. Till May 30th, the weather will be relatively unstable and from May 31st, the weather is expected to be hot and partly cloudy. The NMC also posted videos of rains in UAE and of flooding happening around parts of Oman.
President Sheikh Khalifa’s foundation, the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation(KF) sent an aid plane to the Yemeni island Socotra. According to news outlet Khaleej Times, the aid plane provided 40 tonnes of assistance and provided treatment to 17 injured Yemenis in UAE.