Cyclone Mekunu Hits Southern Oman, Kills Two

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Rains are expected to continue for two more days, drenching the area with more than 100 millimeters (four inches) of rain, nearly six times its annual average, Amman-based weather experts WASM said on Twitter.

Eight people were also missing as Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman's third-largest city, stranding drivers.

The Saudi meteorological authority said on Twitter Sunday that winds blew at 60 kilometers (over 35 miles) per hour, kicking up blinding dust storms.

The labour ministry declared a three-day holiday for companies and establishments in the private sector, state news agency ONA reported on Sunday.

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Currently, the empty beaches of Oman is literally littered with washed up debris and foam from the Arabian sea.

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

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. Rageh Bakrit, the governor of the al-Mahra province, said strong winds had destroyed houses and taken out communication lines and water services.

Civil defence officials said a man and a 12-year-old girl were killed, while three Asian nations were missing after the cyclone hit Oman's Dhofar and Al-Wusta provinces.

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Five Yemenis and two Indian sailors were confirmed dead when Mekunu hit Socotra in war-torn Yemen on Thursday, causing heavy damage, Yemen's fisheries minister Fahad Kafin said.

The unit also worked on digging wells to provide fresh water, providing portable bathrooms and wastewater tanker in the needed areas.

Yemeni security officials said rescuers recovered two bodies on Socotra, while more than 30 people remain missing.

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