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Cyclone Chapala Heads Towards Yemen Mainland

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This satellite image captured by NOAA on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2015 shows Tropical Cyclone Chapala, it nears the Arabian peninsula. Chapala is expected to make landfall over eastern Yemen between the late evening hours of Monday and early Tuesday.

This satellite image captured by NOAA on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2015 shows Tropical Cyclone Chapala, it nears the Arabian peninsula. Chapala is expected to make landfall over eastern Yemen between the late evening hours of Monday and early Tuesday.

A rare cyclone is set to touch down on Yemen's mainland after wreaking havoc on the island of Socotra.

Local officials in Socotra say at least two people were killed and more than 100 injured, when the storm swept through Sunday. Thousands were forced to evacuate the area as dozens do homes and inland areas were damaged by strong waves.

Meanwhile, on the mainland, people have begun evacuating coastal areas as cyclone Chapala brings with it strong winds and high waves to the al-Qaeda held port cities of Mukalla and Shehr in Hadramwt province.

According to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, the storm is moving northwestwards at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour. It is expected to weaken further as it moves across Yemen and Oman with maximum sustained wind speeds of 130 kilometers per hour.

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