Death toll rises to 4 in Cyclone Mekunu in Oman

28 May, 2018, 14:10 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Cyclone Mekunu Three of 11 people killed so far are Indians say officials

Mekunu, one of the strongest to hit the Middle Eastern country, was recorded as being equivalent to a category 3 hurricane.

It called the cyclone "extremely severe".

Rains are expected to continue for two more days, drenching the area with more than 100mm of rain, nearly six times its annual average, weather experts WASM said on Twitter.

Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away some roads and submerged others in Salalah, the country's third-largest city, leaving drivers stranded, reports AP on Saturday.

The port and airport of Salalah have remained closed since Thursday.

Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds.

A holiday destination, Salalah's empty beaches were strewn with debris and trash while churning waves inundated unprotected areas.




Rescue teams on Friday found alive four Indian sailors who were among 17 who had been reported missing when the cyclone hit Socotra's port, and search operations are continuing for eight Indian sailors.

Cyclone Mekunu has left ten people dead in Oman and Yemen with 40 others reported missing from the Yemeni island of Socotra according to news reports.

Governor of al-Mahra province in Oman, Rageh Bakrit, said winds had destroyed houses and taken out communication lines and water services.

Parts of Salalah, a city of about 200,000 people, lost power as the cyclone made landfall.

Muscat: The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) announced Saturday that they will reopen Salalah International Airport to air traffic on Sunday, which was closed earlier due to Cyclone Mekunu.

Police said a 12-year old girl died when a gust of wind sent her smashing into a wall.

Yemeni security officials said rescuers recovered two bodies on Socotra, while more than 30 people remain missing.

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