Mekunu Cyclone: Keralite goes missing in Oman

Mekunu Cyclone: Keralite goes missing in Oman

After finally dissipating on Sunday, the strongest cyclone in recorded history to strike coastal areas of Yemen and Oman on the Arabian Sea has left 11 dead and over 30 missing, while dropping some three years' of rain in a single day.

Later, Socotro governor Ramzy Mahrous told Saba news agency that four sailors who were missing were found alive on Friday.

State-run Oman Television showed footage of large areas covered with floods in Dhofar and the nearby Al-Wusta provinces.

Cyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula on Saturday drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain cutting off power lines officials said. (AP

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.

People wait on a the other side of a road which has been cut by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, May 26, 2018.

The cyclone also hit areas in southeast Yemen neighboring Oman. The strength of the storm over Oman has now been downgraded from category three to category one.

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India's Meteorological Department said the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 170-180 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 200 kph.

Embassy officials visited a camp at Taqah in Salalah and arranged food for 460 people (145 Indians and 315 Bangladeshi nationals). Three Asians who were wounded by the cyclone were rescued.

Salalah Port Services Co said that operations at the port had been halted because of the damage caused by the cyclone and that it would take a minimum of 72 hours to "make the port safe".

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The government declared the island in the northwest Indian Ocean, part of a UNESCO-protected archipelago for its rich biodiversity, a "disaster" zone.

Eleven people have been killed in a ferocious cyclone in Oman.

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

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