Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Oman raises death toll in aftermath of Cyclone Mekunu to 6

Oman raises death toll in aftermath of Cyclone Mekunu to 6

India has sent two rescue ships of its Navy to Oman.

The central bank, meanwhile, issued a circular announcing a three-day holiday starting on Sunday for money exchange houses, banks, finance and leasing companies in Dhofar. RAFO also transferred the communication equipment to Dhofar in order to support and assure the availability of satellite communication during the period of the cyclone.

Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds. The beaches were littered with debris.

Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman, and another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra.

"The fourth is a young Omani man who was swept away in his vehicle by flooding", he added.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said no Filipino has been reported dead or missing in Oman, following a powerful storm that triggered massive floods there. Shahriar Alam hoped there would not be many casualties as they were given warnings beforehand.

Cyclone tears through Yemeni island Socotra
Cyclone pounds Yemeni island ahead of landfall on Yemen, Oman coast

He urged all to pray for the Bangladesh nationals living in Salalah.

Yemeni officials also reported damage in the country's far east, along the border with Oman.

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

Salah is home to about 2,00,000 people and portion of it lost power after being hit by the storm.

Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation stated that the nation's Marmul Airport will reopen Sunday after being closed since Thursday, as officials assess widespread damage in the country. Salalah's port is a key gateway for the country.

Omani forecasters warned Salalah and the surrounding area would get at least 200 millimetres of rain, over twice the city's annual downfall.

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