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Cyclone Mekunu likely to hit Salalah on Saturday - Oman

26 May, 2018, 19:16 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Tropical Cyclone Mekunu

Yemen said that of those missing, 8 were Indian sailors who were at the island's port when the cyclone struck. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

Tourists rushed to catch the last flights out before Salalah International Airport closed at midnight Thursday for the storm, where sandbags already stacked against some doors.

The eye of category 2 severe cyclone Mekunu also passed Salalah in Oman, which is home to 80,000 Indians, yesterday late night causing heavy damage to properties.

According to the report, Mekunu is presently classified as a very severe cyclonic storm and packs peak winds of 90 miles per hour.

Cyclone Mekuno is expected to make landfall in Oman and mainland Yemen on Friday, with weather experts expecting the cyclone to rise from category one to category two.

Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah has been evacuated, according to local media, as Oman's second city is expected to receive around two years of rain in just one day.

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Hadi called Socotra governor Ramzy Mahrous and assured him of providing all available facilities and aid to help rescue affected people.

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall reporting from Salalah in Oman said that many drivers were caught unaware and had to contend with rapidly rising waters. Many officers rode in Royal Oman Police SUVs with chicken wire over the windows, likely because their other vehicles weren't tall enough to manoeuvr through the floodwater.

"We have taken all precautions in terms of securing all areas of the building to keep our guests safe", Hewitson explained. Gen. Mohsin bin Ahmed al-Abri, the commander of Dhofar governorate's police.

Socrotra is now embroiled in another kind of storm, as tensions between the Yemeni government and the United Arab Emirates over the presence of Emirati troops on the island recently reached a head.

The island, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, has been the focus of a dispute between the UAE and Yemen's internationally recognized government, which are ostensibly allied against Shiite rebels known as Houthis. In 2007, Cyclone Gonu tore through Oman and later even reached Iran, causing $4 billion in damage in Oman alone and killing over 70 people across the Mideast.

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