Here to deliver your mid-week edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS, I'm Carl Azuz.It's good to see you.
The two most dangerous parts of a cyclone or hurricane are the storm surge, the wall of water it washes ashore and the flooding its rains bring.
Some cities in Yemen are in bad spots for both threats.
Tropical Cyclone Chapala thundered in yesterday morning.
It's the first tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Middle Eastern country.
Yemen is already struggling with the civil conflict that started earlier this year involving government forces and a rebel group.
It's also a poor nation, with more than half of its population living below the poverty line.
Now, with the arrival of Chapala, we're bringing in Jennifer Gray to explain how Yemen has a natural disaster to cope with as well.
Carl, in the past 30 years of keeping records, this part of the world has never seen anything like this.
In fact, at one point, this cyclone was equivalent to a category four hurricane.
It did make landfall as what we would call a category one.
So, it weakened considerably.
But a lot of rain is falling in this region.
This storm is fizzling out over Yemen, but the flooding is going to be a huge concern.
This region only sees about three to four inches of rainfall per year.
A lot of areas in the United States sees more than that in a month.
Two to three years worth of rain is what is expected to fall over the course of just a couple of days.
And what's also interesting about Yemen, a lot of these coastal cities are right up against mountains.
And so, when you get this much rainfall, we're going to see the possibility of mudslides and even rockslides.
I want to show you the terrain on the map and you can see right along the coast, we have these cities in a very mountainous region.
You can see the mountain sticking up and so, when you get a lot of rainfall, that rain has to go somewhere.
And so, it flows down the side of these mountains and floods the small cities that are right there along the coast.
So, you have all of this storm surge that's working its way in, and you have all the rain that's falling in the mountains.
It's washing into these cities.
And so, that's why we've seen these incredible pictures like you're seeing now, of streets completely flooded and roads washing away.
And-so, we're going to see a lot of damage out of this area as this storm continues to push inland,Carl.
Next to Syria, a nation that's torn apart.
Over the four-plus year of its civil war, more than 250,000 people have been killed.
More than 10 million have been displaced or forced to flee to other countries.
There are several different groups, including ISIS terrorists, fighting for control in Syria.
And outside nations like Russia and the U.S. are involved.
We get a lot of information from reporters on the ground.
CNN's Clarissa Ward has travelled into Syria and met up with Kurdish fighters.
The Kurds are an ethnic group and the Peshmerga and the YPG are two Kurdish forces that are fighting ISIS in the Middle East.
Our journey into Syria began on the banks of the Tigris River that separates the Iraqi Kurds from the Syrian Kurds.
So, we're here in Iraq, and Syria is just over there, across the water.
But this entire area is controlled by Kurdish forces.
Now, we need to get all of our gear unto one of these boats to get over to Syria.
It was a very short ride.
And then with the bump, we were in Syria.