Cyclone Mekunu shuts Salalah seawater desalination plant

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The Bangladesh minister in his Facebook post wrote Bangladesh officials will go to the affected areas once Salalah airport resumes operation. To place this in context, Oman's average rainfall is 117mm annually.

Mekunu had intensified to a category two cyclone as it hit Dhofar and Al-Wusta on the Arabian Sea on Friday, battering the coast with torrential rains, strong winds and massive waves.

An emergency meeting was held by Sheikh Abdullah Salim Al Samli, Executive President of the Capital Market Authority (CMA), with insurance companies on easing compensation processes for clients who incurred damage when Cyclone Mekunu hit Dhofar Governorate.

A vehicle gets stuck along a flooded street in the southern city of Salalah as Cyclone Mekunu lashes Oman.

India's Meteorological Department said the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 170-180 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 200 kph.

Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away some roads and submerged others in Salalah, the country's third-largest city, leaving drivers stranded, reports AP on Saturday.

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Strong winds knocked over streetlights and ripped off roofs. The beaches were littered with debris. At least 40 people were missing.

The disputed Yemeni island of Socotra saw at least 3 deaths and multiple Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals have been reported missing, according to SCMP.

On the outskirts of the city, near the Salalah International Airport, what once was a dry creek bed had become a raging river.

"The fourth is a young Omani man who was swept away in his auto by flooding", he added.

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.