Extreme Weather and the Role of Early Warning Systems in Yemen: Al-Mahra as a Case Study
3 August 2023
Al-Mahra has nine districts, with the main urban centers located in coastal areas, including the capital city of Al-Ghaydah. With coastal plains in the south, mountainous terrain with seasonal streams in the middle, and the desert of the Empty Quarter in the north, Al-Mahra’s climate is generally hot and dry, characterized by low rainfall and seasonal monsoons, with temperatures averaging ar. [...] In the context of Al-Mahra, the ability to anticipate and avoid crises through early warning systems has the potential to build security and adaptation of its community to a destabilizing climate – at a fraction of the cost of failed response and recovery. [...] 15), composed of a representative of the Meteorological Department of the Ministry of Transporation and two representatives from the Civil Defense Authority and the Joint Operations office, a governmental body attached to the Al-Mahra local authority. [...] EXTREME WEATHER AND THE ROLE OF EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS IN YEMEN: AL-MAHRA AS A CASE STUDY Among the challenges identified with activating an early warning system were limited resources and capabilities, such as the lack of qualified personnel and specialized equipment; the remoteness of some areas of Al-Mahra, specifically mountainous and desert regions that lack access to communications networks,. [...] • Develop a comprehensive strategy and action plan that outlines the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in an EWS, the resources and funding required, and the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms needed to measure the effectiveness of the system.