Oman, Yemen Hit By Strong Cyclone Mekunu; 7 Dead, Several Missing

Cyclone Mekunu Three of 11 people killed so far are Indians say officials

The waves ate into one tourist beach, and toppled thatch umbrellas cemented into the sand.

Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation last night officially announced the end of the direct effect of Mekunu on Oman, after satellite images showed that the storm was dissipating, but showers were still expected in Dhofar, Al Wusta and the Al Hajar mountains for 24 hours.

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. They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone's wind a tiresome roar behind their clatter. India's Meteorological Department called the Mekunu cyclone as extremely severe. Yemen's fisheries minister Fahad Kafin said the cyclone has caused heavy damage in the area.

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Branches and leaves littered the streets. Cyclone "Mekunu" provoked the flood, which resulted in several underpasses became twin lakes.

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. Some cars were left abandoned on the road.

The Yemeni high relief agency met with global humanitarian organizations in Aden late Thursday to discuss the situation, the country's Saba news agency reported. Electrical workers began trying to fix lines in the city while police and soldiers in SUVs patrolled the streets.

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

The situation is similar in Yemen - the wind damaged homes, communication lines and power lines.

An Asian person died in a flooded valley and an Omani national in a 4x4 was killed when his vehicle was swept away, Shanfari said. Authorities have said that two bodies were recovered from the hard-hit island while 30 people remain missing there.

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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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