Tropical Storms Sweep War-Stricken Yemen

Tropical Storms Sweep War-Stricken Yemen
Megh strikes port city Aden, Yemen. (courtesy of rt.com)
Megh strikes port city Aden, Yemen. (courtesy of rt.com)

As we enjoy the falling leafs and light rain typical of autumn  in New Jersey, those in Southwest Asia are experiencing something quite different. From November 1 to November 3, Yemen faced the tropical cyclone Chapala, one of the deadliest storms seen by Yemen in decades [1]. With wind speeds exceeding 150 mph, the storm destroyed over 700 homes and caused at least eight deaths [2].

Tropical Storm Megh, which hit this past Tuesday, has already claimed the lives of two civilians. The storm is expected to deliver three times the amount of rain Yemen gets annually and has already produced wind speeds of 167 mph [3].

For the people of Yemen currently engaged in a brutal civil war, these back-to-back storms have been and will continue to be particularly detrimental to civilian populations. With Yemen currently caught in civil war, natural disasters beg the question of which foreign allies and humanitarian organizations will intervene and how effectively they will do so.

by Emile Bamfield ‘16