A picture taken on May 19, 2018 shows a general view of houses affected by by Tropical Cyclone Sagar in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. – Tropical Cyclone Sagar made landfall in Yemen late in the morning on May 19. (Photo by ABDO HYDER / AFP) (Photo credit should read ABDO HYDER/AFP/Getty Images)
From The Weather Channel:
By Bob Henson and Jonathan Erdman
May 19 2018 05:00 PM EDT
Tropical Cyclone Sagar made landfall in Somalia Saturday after making a rare journey into the western Gulf of Aden between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, and is expected to unleash dangerous flash flooding in parts of Yemen, Somalia and Djibouti into the weekend.
Tropical Depression 1A was named Sagar by the Indian Meteorological Department, the agency with primary responsibility for tropical cyclone forecasting in the North Indian Ocean, including the Arabian Sea. Locally, it is known as Cyclonic Storm Sagar.
Sagar made landfall late Saturday morning, local time (Yemen is 7 hours ahead of U.S. EDT), about 70 miles west-northwest of Berbera, Somalia as the equivalent of a tropical storm, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
At least one elderly woman was killed near Aden, Yemen when her house caught on fire due to Sagar, according to the Associated Press. In addition, the emergency center of Yemen’s Health Ministry reported that flash flooding is causing sewage to pour into the streets of Aden, Yemen.
In a special advisory issued Wednesday and posted by reliefweb.org, the UK Met Office warns that “severe flash flooding and river flooding across the region will lead to a loss of human life, livestock, and the destruction of crops, property and infrastructure.” The Met Office added: “Very heavy rainfall occurring across Western Yemen (linked to, although not directly from the cyclone) is likely to promote cholera infection rates in the weeks ahead.”
In addition to flash flooding, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says the heavy rains could cause favorable breeding conditions for desert locusts, according to the Associated Press.
“Monitoring tropical cyclones in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden is a very important part of this strategy because historically they have been the origin or trigger of Desert Locust plagues,” according to Keith Cressman, the Senior Locust Forecasting Officer at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
From a road in Hadramaut….
Video of the flooding…