Indians killed, several missing after Cyclone Mekunu hits Oman and Yemen

28 May, 2018, 14:12 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Cyclone tears through Yemeni island Socotra

According to Gulf News Oman, Cyclone Mekunu leaves at least 10 people including a 12-year-old girl dead in Oman and Yemen - with 40 others reported missing from the Yemeni island of Socotra. Shahriar said Bangladeshi officials would go to the affected areas once the airport in Salalah resumes operations. It tore away roofing, whole roadways and street lights. The cyclone also struck neighbouring Yemen.

On the outskirts of the city, near the Salalah International Airport, what once was a dry creek bed had become a raging river. The Arabian Sea churned yesterday morning, sending mounds of sea foam into the air.

Oman police earlier reported that the man died after floods swept him away with his vehicle near Salalah, Oman's second-largest city, while the girl died when a gust of wind smashed her into a wall. Shahriar Alam said many Bangladesh nationals were engaged in fishing out at sea.

Shahriar Alam said Bangladesh mission is in touch with other missions and sharing information with each other. Shahriar Alam hoped there would not be many casualties as they were given warnings beforehand.

He urged all to keep Bangladesh nationals living in Salalah in their prayers.

The Yemeni high relief agency met with worldwide humanitarian organizations in Aden late Thursday to discuss the situation, the country's Saba news agency reported. Rageh Bakrit, the governor of the al-Mahra province, said strong winds had destroyed houses and taken out communication lines and water services.

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Civil defense authorities said they had set up 65 shelter centers in the two affected provinces.

As reported by meteorological Department of India, the wind speed is 170-180 km/h with gusts up to 200 km/h.

Portions of Salalah, Oman's third-largest city, lost electricity as the cyclone made landfall.

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.

The Port of Salalah - a key gateway for the country and for Qatar amid a regional diplomatic dispute - remained closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain and winds.

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