Cyclone Mekunu likely to hit Salalah on Saturday - Oman
Cyclone Mekunu likely to hit Salalah on Saturday - Oman
World by Usman Arshad | Published
27 May, 2018, 03:28
Thousands of residents near the coastal areas in the two provinces have been evacuated to safer shelters as winds up to of 170 kilometres (105 miles) per hour and torrential rainfall lashed the coastal areas, officials said.
Considering the course it has followed till now, the Cyclone Mekunu is expected to make landfall near Salalah Friday-Saturday midnight which is Oman's third-largest city and inhabits about 200,000 people close to the kingdom's border with Yemen.
A new tropical storm has developed in the southwest Arabian Sea where it intensified yesterday evening into Cyclone Mekunu.
General view from the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara during Cyclone Mekunu, in Salalah, Oman May 26 2018, in this still image obtained from a video by social media.
The 17 missing people had been in two boats and three vehicles that had been sunk or swept away by the storm, according to Socotra Governor Ramzi Mahrous. The cyclone also struck neighbouring Yemen on Saturday.
Flash floods engulfed Socotra streets, cutting electricity and communication lines, they said.
The Yemeni high relief agency met with global humanitarian organisations in Aden late on Thursday to discuss the situation, the Saba news agency reported.
Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds.
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