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Cyclone Mekunu slams into Yemen and Oman killing 13 people

A massive cyclone slammed into the Arabian Peninsula killing 13 people in Yeman and Oman and dumping three years’ worth of rainfall in single day.

Cyclone Mekunu, the most powerful to ever hit the area, ripped apart buildings and blew down street lights with 105-111mph winds gusting up to 124mph.

Eleven inches of rain hit Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, on Saturday turning dry creek beds into raging rivers, and flash flooding tore away whole roads and submerged others. 

 Cyclone Mekunu, the most powerful to ever hit the area, ripped apart buildings and blew down street lights with 105-111mph winds gusting up to 124mph

A massive cyclone slammed into the Arabian Peninsula killing 13 people in Yeman and Oman and dumping three years' worth of rainfall in single day

A massive cyclone slammed into the Arabian Peninsula killing 13 people in Yeman and Oman and dumping three years’ worth of rainfall in single day

Before hitting Oman, Mekunu struck Yemen's Socotra in the Arabian Sea, causing huge damage to the UNESCO world natural heritage site island

Before hitting Oman, Mekunu struck Yemen’s Socotra in the Arabian Sea, causing huge damage to the UNESCO world natural heritage site island

Thousands of the city’s 200,000 residents lost power and water and communications services were wrecked throughout surrounding provinces. 

Six people were killed in Oman including a 12-year-old girl and two other who lost control of their car in flood waters, with at least 30 missing.

Salalah International Airport reopened on Sunday but the cleanup has barely begun with the devastation displacing thousands from their homes.

The Port of Salalah – a key gateway for the country and for Qatar amid a regional diplomatic dispute – remained closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain and winds. 

A car diverts after an underpass has been filled by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman

A car diverts after an underpass has been filled by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman

Debris litter a beach after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah after thousands of the city's 200,000 residents lost power and water and communications services were wrecked throughout surrounding provinces

Debris litter a beach after Cyclone Mekunu in Salalah after thousands of the city’s 200,000 residents lost power and water and communications services were wrecked throughout surrounding provinces

The storm killed at least seven people on Socotra and eight remained missing, according to the United Nations, and flooded dozens of streets

The storm killed at least seven people on Socotra and eight remained missing, according to the United Nations, and flooded dozens of streets

Six people were killed in Oman including a 12-year-old girl and two other who lost control of their car in flood waters, with at least 30 missing

Six people were killed in Oman including a 12-year-old girl and two other who lost control of their car in flood waters, with at least 30 missing

Before hitting Oman, Mekunu struck Yemen’s Socotra in the Arabian Sea, causing huge damage to the UNESCO world natural heritage site island.

The storm killed at least seven people there and eight remained missing, according to the United Nations, and flooded dozens of streets.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar all sent relief material to the island, as did the UN. 

Eleven inches of rain hit Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, on Saturday turning dry creek beds into raging rivers, and flash flooding tore away whole roads and submerged others 

Eleven inches of rain hit Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, on Saturday turning dry creek beds into raging rivers, and flash flooding tore away whole roads and submerged others 

The Port of Salalah – a key gateway for the country and for Qatar amid a regional diplomatic dispute – remained closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain and winds 

The Port of Salalah – a key gateway for the country and for Qatar amid a regional diplomatic dispute – remained closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain and winds 

Omanis take pictures on the beach as high waves break along the shore in the southern city of Salalah

Omanis take pictures on the beach as high waves break along the shore in the southern city of Salalah



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