Two people, including a child, were killed and three others went missing in the Omani province of Dhofar after Cyclone Mekunu hit the southern region of the Gulf Arab country, Omani police and state news media said on Saturday. The waves ate into one tourist beach, and toppled thatch umbrellas cemented into the sand.
Among those missing on the Arabian Sea isle are Yemenis, Indians and Sudanese citizens, and officials feared some may be dead. They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone's wind a boring roar behind their clatter.
Tropical cyclone "Mekunu" is unlikely to reach the UAE, but the eastern and southern parts of the country might be affected by a moist air mass, according to the medium-range forecast issued by the National Centre of Meteorology, NCM. In the neighboring Yemeni island, Socotra - a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site - two people were reported dead, over 30 others missing, ships overturned, vehicles washed away and the only road between the capital and Hadiboh to the Socotra Airport was destroyed.
As reported by meteorological Department of India, the wind speed is 170-180 km/h with gusts up to 200 km/h.
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Branches and leaves littered the streets. Several underpasses became standing lakes.
Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds.
Rains are expected to continue for two more days, drenching the area with more than 100mm of rain, nearly six times its annual average, weather experts WASM said on Twitter. Electrical workers began trying to fix lines in the city while police and soldiers in SUVs patrolled the streets.
Socotra's governor Ramzy Mahrous said five Yemenis had died on the island apart from the two Indians.