Ravaged by several months of civil warfare, Yemen is now being battered by the first tropical storm on record to make landfall in the indigent Arab country, likely to be struck by the cyclone Chapala, which has developed into a storm, similar to category 4 hurricanes. It is believed that Chapala may become the first storm to hit Yemen with the intensity of a hurricane in the recorded history. But the major concern is the extraordinary volume of rain the storm is expected to dump on the country's dry, rugged terrain, bringing a severe threat of mudslides.
The satellite images of Chapala indicates worsening of the storm and the recent computer models and official estimates show that there may be a massive landfall near the crucial city of Al-Mukalla, which has a population of about 0.3 million and is considered to be stronghold of the terror group Al-Qaeda. The intensity of Chapala winds is likely to sore due to presence of dry air coming from the Arabian Peninsula. It is probable that Chapala’s wind may weaken as it nears landfall, followed by ruinous flooding with heavy downpour equivalent to many years of rain in parts of Yemen and Oman.
Yemen typically receives around 100 millimeters (4 inches) of annual rainfall, it is forecasted that the massive cyclone will unleash two to three times that amount in the space of just one day.
According to the United Nations (UN), Yemen is already dealing with one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. Terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS have capitalized on the unrest to expand their reach and have fomented the sectarian tensions.