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

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In Oman and Yemen was hit by the most powerful cyclone in the history of these Arab States - in some cities fell 278,2 mm of rain, almost three times the three-year rule. 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.

An Asian person died in a flooded valley and an Omani national in a 4x4 was killed when his vehicle was swept away, Shanfari said.

A view of Cyclone Mekunu that hit Oman.

It was the strongest cyclone ever recorded to hit the area.

Head of the directorate Abdullah Al-Khoduri told Oman TV that the cyclone, which intensified to category 2 early Friday, was downgraded to category 1 after losing some of its strength.

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

Civil defense said it had evacuated 10,000 people from schools and government buildings, mainly in the city of Salalah which has a population of 200,000.

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Socotra's governor Ramzy Mahrous said on Sunday that the death toll on the island remained seven - five Yemenis and two Indian sailors.

"The fourth is a young Omani man who was swept away in his auto by flooding", he added. The cyclone has been wreaking havoc on the Yemeni island of Socotra from the past two days.

The port and airport of Salalah have remained closed since Thursday.

Saudi teams on the island managed to open the main road between the island's capital and its airport, he said.

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

The Port of Salalah - a key gateway for the country - also closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain.

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