Cyclone death toll in Oman, Yemen rises to 11

Cyclone tears through Yemeni island Socotra

Cyclone tears through Yemeni island Socotra

More than two dozen people are still missing. The girl died after she was swept against the walls by the wind whereas the other got washed away in a vehicle.

Rescue teams on Friday found alive four Indian sailors who were among 17 who had been reported missing when the cyclone hit Socotra's port, and search operations are continuing for eight Indian sailors.

It actually received 278.2mm, almost three times its annual rainfall. Oman's National Committee for Civil Defense announced a fourth death early Sunday, without offering details.

Tropical cyclone "Mekunu" is unlikely to reach the UAE, but the eastern and southern parts of the country might be affected by a moist air mass, according to the medium-range forecast issued by the National Centre of Meteorology, NCM.

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.

The maximum speed of the storm was 170-180 kilometers per hour and gusts were up to 200 kph.

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

The airport, which has been closed since Thursday, will reopen early on Sunday, Oman's civil aviation authority said.

Several emergency rescues had to be carried out by the Oman Royal Police and Socotra authorities have relocated over 230 families.

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

Socotra Governor Ramzy Mahrous said one ship sank and two others ran aground in the storm, initially saying authorities believed 17 people were missing and presumed dead. "You can't even go outside". They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone's wind a tiresome roar behind their clatter.

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