Cyclone kills eleven in Oman and Yemen

Dozens of people had to be rescued from vehicles trapped in the floodwaters

Dozens of people had to be rescued from vehicles trapped in the floodwaters

Cyclone Mekunu hit southern Yemen and the coast of neighbouring Oman over the weekend, resulting in several fatalities.

Oman's meteorology directorate announced late Saturday that the Cyclone Mekunu has now been downgraded to the category of "deep depression".

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

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

In the wake of this massive cyclone the Salalah airport was also closed until midnight on Saturday.

The most hard situation is observed in Salalah - the second largest city in Oman, where they were washed away entire roads, brought down street lights and ripped off the roof.

A holiday destination, Salalah's empty beaches were strewn with debris and trash while churning waves inundated unprotected areas.

Now it is known about two dead in Yemen and four in Oman, including a 12-year-old girl and an Asian immigrant.

On Thursday, the storm pummeled the island of Socotra in war-torn Yemen, leaving at least 19 people missing, causing severe flooding and material damage. Yemenis, Indians and Sudanese were among those missing and officials feared some may be dead.

"The fourth is a young Omani man who was swept away in his auto by flooding", he added. Rageh Bakrit, the governor of the al-Mahra province, said strong winds had destroyed houses and taken out communication lines and water services.

The unit also worked on digging wells to provide fresh water, providing portable bathrooms and wastewater tanker in the needed areas.

He told AFP that authorities have recovered the bodies of the five Yemeni nationals and two Indians and were still searching for the remaining 12.

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