Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Indians among 11 dead due to Oman cyclone

Indians among 11 dead due to Oman cyclone

It was the strongest cyclone ever recorded to hit the area.

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

An Omani man walks on the road covered by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Authorities have said that two bodies were recovered from the hard-hit island while 30 people remain missing there.

Rains are expected to continue for two more days, drenching the area with more than 100 millimeters (four inches) of rain, nearly six times its annual average, Amman-based weather experts WASM said on Twitter.

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

Fast-moving waters from the rain and storm surge flooded normally dry creek beds.

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The meteorology department said the latest weather charts and satellite imageries indicate that Mekunu's intensity has dropped to "a deep depression".

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

Across Salalah, branches and leaves littered the streets. Cyclone "Mekunu" provoked the flood, which resulted in several underpasses became twin lakes.

The Public Authority for Civil Aviation has announced in a statement Sunday the end of the direct impacts of the disaster, which hit Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates since Friday. Salalah's port is a key gateway for the country.

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.

Authorities remained anxious about flash flooding in the area's valleys and potential mudslides down its nearby cloud-shrouded mountains.

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