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Cyclone Mekunu pummels Yemeni island, seven missing

SOCOTRA, Yemen: Seven people were missing and hundreds others evacuated from their homes after Cyclone Mekunu hit the Yemeni island of Socotra Wednesday night, causing severe flooding and damage to houses, officials said. Four of the missing were crew on board a boat that sunk when the storm accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain hit the island in the Arabian Sea, Fisheries Resources Minister Fahad Kafin told AFP. Four people on the boat were rescued while three other people were missing when floods swept away…

Almost 60 people missing after ship sinks off Yemen

ADEN: Nearly 60 people are missing after a ship sank off Yemen's Socotra island, its fisheries minister said on Wednesday, with state media reporting that only two people had been rescued. The boat went missing five days ago while heading from Yemen's southeastern port city of Mukalla towards Socotra with some 60 people on board, among them women and children, Fahd Kavieen said. Socotra lies in the Indian Ocean closer to the coast of Somalia than the Yemeni mainland. The government's sabanew.net reported that two…