Oman raises death toll in aftermath of Cyclone Mekunu

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Authorities in Oman have said they expected the cyclone to pass over the city of Salalah on Friday night. Large areas of Dhofar and al-Wusta provinces were flooded due to which people living near both the areas had to be moved to safety, BBC reported.

Dozens of vehicles were seen submerged in several areas. The strength of the storm over Oman has now been downgraded from category three to category one.

Sembcorp Salalah Water and Power Co, which operates an electricity generation and seawater desalination plant in Oman, said its water production plant had been shut down temporarily owing to rough seas because of a tropical storm.

An emergency meeting was held by Sheikh Abdullah Salim Al Samli, Executive President of the Capital Market Authority (CMA), with insurance companies on easing compensation processes for clients who incurred damage when Cyclone Mekunu hit Dhofar Governorate. He said there were no deaths in the province.

Police said a 12-year old girl died when a gust of wind sent her smashing into a wall. Three Asians who were wounded by the cyclone were rescued.

It's feared the storm has claimed ten lives with many still missing, according to reports. The city's port remains closed.

The Bangladesh minister in his Facebook post wrote Bangladesh officials will go to the affected areas once Salalah airport resumes operation.

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Authorities have said two bodies were recovered from the hard-hit island while 30 people remain missing there. The search operation is still underway for the rest of the sailors.

Kafin said that 1,000 families were evacuated to safety after there homes were affected by flooding.

The main road linking the airport to Hadibo, the island's main city, has been reopened, Mahrous said.

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

Yemeni officials also reported damage in the east of the country along the border with Oman, reports AP.

They chose to set up 11 relief centers in Socotra to provide shelter for evacuees.

Debris and sea foam litters a beach after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, May 26, 2018.