SOCOTRA, Yemen--The Government has declared Socotra island a 'disaster province" after it was hit by a cyclone which caused 17 deaths and forced hundreds foflle their homes on Thursday.

Yemen's neighbour, Oman, is preparing for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu on Friday, with national weather experts expecting it to intensify to a category two cyclone from category one, after it hit Socotra on Wednesday night.

The missing people had been in two boats that sunk and three vehicles swept away by floods, said RamzyMahrous, governor of Socotra, an island paradise 350 kilometres off Yemen in the Arabian Sea.

Mahrous said Socotra could not handle relief efforts on its own, with the number of missing expected to rise.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOCOTRA, Yemen--The Government has declared Socotra island a 'disaster province" after it was hit by a cyclone which caused 17 deaths and forced hundreds foflle their homes on Thursday.

Yemen's neighbour, Oman, is preparing for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu on Friday, with national weather experts expecting it to intensify to a category two cyclone from category one, after it hit Socotra on Wednesday night.

The missing people had been in two boats that sunk and three vehicles swept away by floods, said RamzyMahrous, governor of Socotra, an island paradise 350 kilometres off Yemen in the Arabian Sea.

Mahrous said Socotra could not handle relief efforts on its own, with the number of missing expected to rise.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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