Monday, 22 October, 2018

In Oman, Yemen, Cyclone Toll: 6 Dead, 30 Missing

World       by Usman Arshad | Published World by Usman Arshad | Published
Jay Anderson | 28 May, 2018, 14:10

A partial view of the city of Salalah in Oman after cyclone Mekunu hits Middle Eastern country on Saturday.

Three wounded Asians were rescued and civil defence teams said they had saved hundreds of people including 260 foreign sailors trapped at sea. Large areas of Dhofar and al-Wusta provinces were flooded due to which people living near both the areas had to be moved to safety, BBC reported.

Oman news agency reported today that the cyclone has retreated enough to allow air traffic to resume in accordance to worldwide safety standards.

Dozens of vehicles were seen submerged in several areas after Cyclone Mekunu intensified to category 2.

Cyclone Mekunu has now been downgraded to the category of "deep depression".

Oman police earlier reported that the man died after floods swept him away with his auto near Salalah, Oman's second-largest city, while the girl died when a gust of wind smashed her into a wall.




Among those missing on the Arabian Sea isle are Yemenis, Indians and Sudanese citizens, and officials feared some may be dead.

The Saudi meteorological authority said on Twitter Sunday that winds blew at 60 kilometers (over 35 miles) per hour, kicking up blinding dust storms. Authorities said however that schools would remain closed until Monday.

The civil aviation authority closed Salalah airport until midnight on Saturday.

According to AFP, Socotra's governor Ramzy Mahrous said today that the death toll on the island remained seven - five Yemenis and two Indian sailors.

In 2007, Cyclone Gonu tore through Oman, killing at least 49 people and causing damage estimated at $3.9 billion (3.3 billion euros).

Yemeni officials also reported damage in the east of the country along the border with Oman, reports AP.

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