A rare Gulf of Aden tropical cyclone called Sagar is threatening to bring life-endangering flooding to Somalia and neighbouring Djibouti.
The cyclone developed on Wednesday between Yemen and Somalia.
It was named by the Indian Meteorological Department, which is responsible for forecasting tropical cyclone in the North Indian Ocean, including the Arabian Sea.
“A tropical cyclone forming over the Gulf of Aden does not happen often,” said Jason Nicholls, a meteorologist at AccuWeather.
“The last cyclone to move into the Gulf of Aden was Chapala in November 2015, but that storm formed over the open Arabian Sea.”
The UK government warned that the cyclone could lead to “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”.
This year, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have already been affected by flooding, leading to fears of spread of deadly diseases.
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