Cyclone toll in Oman, Yemen rises to 11

Cars drive through a flooded street in Salalah in Oman as Cyclone Mekunu hit the country on Friday. — AFP

The cyclone also hit areas in southeast Yemen neighbouring Oman.

As wind and rain began to pummel southern Oman during the day, they extended the closure of the city's airport until Saturday. India has sent its two rescue ships to Oman. The Ministry of External Affairs in Oman said on Sunday that the body of one Indian had been identified. The Facebook post was uploaded at 11.34 pm on May 26.

MJ Akbar assured his Bangladesh counterpart that support would be provided like it was when rescue operations were conducted in Yemen.

Shahriar Alam hoped that there would not be many casualties as they were given alarm beforehand. Shahriar said Bangladeshi officials would go to the affected areas once the airport in Salalah resumes operations.

Bangladesh national can call up +968-99413132 number for help or write to Bangladesh Embassy Muscat, Oman's Facebook ID.

He urged all to keep Bangladesh nationals living in Salalah in their prayers.

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A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman has slammed into the Gulf country and neighbouring Yemen, deluging a major city with almost three years' worth of rainfall in a single day and leaving 11 people dead. The cyclone has been wreaking havoc on the Yemeni island of Socotra from the past two days.

Portions of Salalah, Oman's third-largest city, lost electricity as the cyclone made landfall.

The Port of Salalah - a key gateway for the country - also closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain.

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

Omani forecasters warned Salalah and the surrounding area would get at least 200 millimetres of rain, over twice the city's annual downfall.

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