Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 5 dead, 30 missing

Cyclone tears through Yemeni island Socotra

Cyclone tears through Yemeni island Socotra

It's feared the storm has claimed ten lives with many still missing, according to reports.

"The fourth is a young Omani man who was swept away in his auto by flooding", he added. More than 30 people were still missing in Socotra, including Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals.

Salah is home to about 2,00,000 people and portion of it lost power after being hit by the storm. Salalah and the surrounding area received nearly 11in (278mm) of rain, almost three times its annual amount.

The cyclone made landfall in Oman early Saturday, killing four people in the country's third largest city, Salalah.

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The meteorology department said the latest weather charts and satellite imageries indicate that Mekunu's intensity has dropped to "a deep depression".

On the outskirts of the city, near the Salalah International Airport, what once was a dry creek bed had become a raging river.

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.

Thousands of residents near the coastal areas in the two provinces have been evacuated to safer shelters as winds up to of 170 kilometers (105 miles) per hour and torrential rainfall lashed the coastal areas, officials said.

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Governor of al-Mahra province, Rageh Bakrit said strong winds have blown down houses in the country's far east, along the border with Oman.

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

Flash floods engulfed Socotra's streets, cutting electricity and communication lines.

Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation last night officially announced the end of the direct effect of Mekunu on Oman, after satellite images showed that the storm was dissipating, but showers were still expected in Dhofar, Al Wusta and the Al Hajar mountains for 24 hours.

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