Indians among 11 killed by cyclone Mekunu

Hannah Rogers
May 28, 2018

Mekunu brought winds of over 170 kilometers and dumped up to 11 inches of rain on Salalah - which normally averages about 5 inches annually - in a 24-hour period causing extensive flooding and damage.

India too has deployed two ships, INS Deepak and INS Kochi from Mumbai in order to respond to this crisis in Salalah, Oman.

MJ Akbar assured his Bangladesh counterpart of providing support like they did while conducting rescue operation in Yemen.

Shahriar Alam hoped that there would not be many casualties as they were given alarm beforehand.

The central bank, meanwhile, issued a circular announcing a three-day holiday starting on Sunday for money exchange houses, banks, finance and leasing companies in Dhofar.

Bangladesh mission is in touch with other missions and authorities in Oman in order to get updated information.

Bangladesh national can call up +968-99413132 number for help or write to Bangladesh Embassy Muscat, Oman's Facebook ID. He urged everyone to keep Bangladesh nationals living in Salalah in their prayers.

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Although "They are not confirmed Nipah Cases yet, so there is no need to panic", he added via telephone. A female relative who was with them in hospital also died later.

The latest death toll comes as Cyclone Mekunu was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday after hitting eastern Yemen and southern Oman, leaving a trail of devastation and resulting in 200 ml of rainfall over the weekend.

Yemenis, Indians and Sudanese were among those missing on the Arabian Sea isle and officials feared some may be dead.

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

Yemeni officials also reported damage in the country's far east, along the border with Oman.

It actually received 278.2mm, almost three times its annual rainfall.

The airport, closed since Thursday, was set to reopen on Sunday, Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation said. Salalah's port is a key gateway for the country.

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