Indians among 11 dead due to Oman cyclone

An Omani civil defence staff visits a road which has been cut by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah Oman Saturday

Cyclone Mekunu hit southern Yemen and the coast of neighboring Oman over the weekend, leaving several dead and others missing.

Portions of Salalah, home to some 200,000 people, lost power as the cyclone made landfall. The waves ate into one tourist beach, pulling hunks of it away and toppling thatch umbrellas cemented into the sand.

Muscat: The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) announced Saturday that they will reopen Salalah International Airport to air traffic on Sunday, which was closed earlier due to Cyclone Mekunu. They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone's wind a boring roar behind their clatter.

It called the cyclone "extremely severe".

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The cyclone also killed at least seven people in the Yemeni island of Socotra, a Yemeni official said on Saturday.

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

Yemeni officials also reported damage in the east of the country along the border with Oman, reports AP.

Across Salalah, branches and leaves littered the streets. Some cars were left abandoned on the road.

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

Salalah Port Services said it would take a minimum of 72 hours to "make the port safe".

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.

Socotra's governor Ramzy Mahrous said five Yemenis had died on the island apart from the two Indians.

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Largely untouched by Yemen's three-year-old war, it is under the control of the internationally recognised government whose president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, is in exile in Saudi Arabia.

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