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Yemeni PM on cyclone island as part of government 'return'
by Staff Writers
Aden (AFP) Nov 15, 2015


Flood-sparked landslide kills 16 in China
Beijing (AFP) Nov 15, 2015 - A landslide that engulfed homes in China killed at least 16 people, with 21 still missing, as heavy rains brought misery across a swathe of the country.

Photos posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, showed rescue teams working through the night as they attempted to pull people from mud and rock that had buried 27 houses in Zhejiang province.

More than 300 people were evacuated after the landslide, with 21 additional homes flooded in the wake of the disaster, which struck on Saturday evening, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Meanwhile, the central province of Hunan was hit by the worst winter flooding in more than 50 years, the official Xinhua news agency reported, forcing thousands to flee.

About 8,200 people were resettled after their homes were destroyed in the flooding, according to Xinhua, with more than 87,000 people affected by the waters, which caused blackouts and road closures.

The flooding, which has also damaged crops, was the worst since record keeping began in 1961, provincial weather authorities said.

No casualties have been reported so far.

Floods are likely to continue, with heavy rains expected through Wednesday, Xinhua said.

Photos circulating online showed rescue personnel driving boats through village streets and helping residents escape through their windows.

Waters were more then three metres over the alert level on Friday, Xinhua said.

Yemen's prime minister, exiled in Saudi Arabia because of the conflict raging in his country, arrived Sunday on the island of Socotra and announced his government's return.

Socotra, a Yemeni island in the Arabian Sea, has been spared the fighting on the mainland between Iran-backed Huthi Shiite rebels and pro-government forces.

The official Saba news agency said Khaled Bahah arrived on an inspection visit on Socotra 350 kilometres (210 miles) off the mainland after it was hit by two tropical cyclones a week apart.

Cyclones Chapala and Megh killed 26 people on Socotra and in southeast Yemen.

"This visit is part of the return of the government, with all its members, to carry out their functions inside Yemeni territory," Saba quoted Bahah has saying.

It did not specify where ministers would be based following their hasty departure in early October from Aden, Yemen's second city, after a deadly attack on the provisional seat of government in a hotel.

Security issues forced both Bahah and President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to go back to Riyadh after they had returned to Aden in September from six months of exile in Saudi Arabia.

The UN says that some 5,000 people, more than half of them civilians, have been killed in Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in March in support of Bahah's internationally recognised government.

The World Meteorological Organization has said that tropical cyclones are extremely rare over the Arabian Peninsula, and two back-to-back was "an absolutely extraordinary event".

Cyclones Chapala and Megh killed 26 in Yemen: UN
Sanaa (AFP) Nov 14, 2015 - Two rare cyclones a week apart have killed 26 people and affected thousands of families in the southeast of war-torn Yemen, the United Nations said in a statement Saturday.

Tropical storms Chapala and Megh this month hit the island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea some 350 kilometres (210 miles) off the Yemeni mainland, as well as the southeastern provinces of Shabwa and Hadramawt.

"The total number of people killed by the two cyclones (is) still 26 in all affected areas of Yemen," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

More than 6,400 families were affected in Shabwa and Hadramawt, while a further 1,500 families have been displaced after their homes were damaged, OCHA said citing local NGOs.

The World Meteorological Organization has said that tropical cyclones are extremely rare over the Arabian Peninsula, and two back-to-back was "an absolutely extraordinary event".

OCHA said Tuesday that Gulf monarchies had sent at least 17 planeloads of humanitarian aid to Socotra in the wake of the storms.

Yemen has been riven by conflict since Iran-backed rebels seized control of the capital Sanaa in September last year and later advanced into other areas.


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Aden (AFP) Nov 10, 2015
Cyclone Megh has killed 14 people on war-ravaged Yemen's Socotra island, the second rare tropical storm to hit the Arabian Peninsula country in days, officials said. A statement said Megh caused "14 deaths including two women and two children, and injured dozens of people". A previous toll from the storm hitting Socotra put the death toll at six. The Arabian Sea island is located 350 ... read more


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