Three Indians among 11 killed by cyclone Mekunu in Oman, Yemen

Three Indians among 11 killed by cyclone Mekunu in Oman, Yemen

On Friday, a 12-year old girl died when a gust of wind sent her smashing into a wall.

Embassy officials visited a camp at Taqah in Salalah and arranged food for 460 people (145 Indians and 315 Bangladeshi nationals). Salalah and the surrounding area received nearly 11in (278mm) of rain, almost three times its annual amount.

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

Earlier, eight Indian sailors went missing from the cyclone-hit Socotra port while four of them have been found alive by the rescue team.

In Salalah, the heavy rain had nearly stopped on Saturday, an AFP photographer said, but many streets were still under water and nearby valleys were flooded.

India's meteorological department described the cyclone as "extremely severe", with sustained winds of about 110mph.

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The Yemeni high relief agency met with global humanitarian organizations in Aden late Thursday to discuss the situation, the country's Saba news agency reported.

Governor of al-Mahra province in Oman, Rageh Bakrit, said winds had destroyed houses and taken out communication lines and water services.

The Public Authority for Civil Aviation has announced in a statement Sunday the end of the direct impacts of the disaster, which hit Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates since Friday.

Several emergency rescues had to be carried out by the Oman Royal Police and Socotra authorities have relocated over 230 families.

The moist air mass will also lead to thunder showers and winds, causing blowing sand and dust, especially over the southern parts of the country. Some humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates arrived on the island just hours after the cyclone receded. Authorities have said that two bodies were recovered from the hard-hit island while 30 people remain missing there. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. As Mekunu barreled overhead, the eye of the storm provided a moment's respite. At one luxury hotel, which already had evacuated its guests, workers sat down early for a traditional sahur, a meal Muslims eat before sunrise during the holy month of Ramadhan.

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