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Oman raises death toll in aftermath of Cyclone Mekunu

28 May 2018

An emergency meeting was held by Sheikh Abdullah Salim Al Samli, Executive President of the Capital Market Authority (CMA), with insurance companies on easing compensation processes for clients who incurred damage when Cyclone Mekunu hit Dhofar Governorate.

Authorities in Oman have said they expected the cyclone to pass over the city of Salalah on Friday night.

An Omani man walks on the road covered by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, May 26, 2018.

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. About 600 people, mostly labourers, huddled at the West Salalah School, some sleeping on mattresses on the floors of classrooms, where math and English lesson posters hung on the walls.

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Salah is home to about 2,00,000 people and portion of it lost power after being hit by the storm.

Fast-moving waters from the rain and storm surge flooded normally dry creek beds.

The cyclone killed around seven people on the Yemeni island of Socotra on Friday.

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

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Branches and leaves littered the streets.

The Yemeni high relief agency met with worldwide humanitarian organizations in Aden late Thursday to discuss the situation, the country's Saba news agency reported. Salalah's port is a key gateway for the country.

Authorities remained anxious about flash flooding in the area's valleys and potential mudslides down its nearby cloud-shrouded mountains.

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

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Oman raises death toll in aftermath of Cyclone Mekunu