Two dead and three missing in Oman due to cyclone

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Two people were killed, one of them a child, and three others were missing in Dhofar province after Hurricane Mikono arrived in the south of the country, police and state news media said on Saturday.

The three missing are Asians, the official news agency ONA reported. Cyclone Mekuno began to retreat to a tropical storm in Oman and authorities began clearing up on Saturday after heavy rain but asked residents to stay indoors with floods on the main roads in Dhofar.

A Yemeni official said on Saturday the cyclone also killed at least seven people on the Yemeni island of Socotra, while at least 40 others were missing.

Yemen declared a state of emergency on Socotra island on Thursday. The island is located between southern Yemen and the Horn of Africa and is famous for its unique animal and plant diversity.

The island has suffered almost from the scourge of war in the country for three years and is under the control of the internationally recognized government led by Saudi Arabia’s President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The storm caused flooding in Socotra villages and the boat capsizing and left most of the island untouched.

Omani authorities said they expected the storm to arrive in Salalah on Friday evening. But the authorities extended the closure of the main airport in the city until Saturday after continued wind and rain during the day.