Cyclone Mekunu may cause heavy showers along Maharashtra coast: IMD

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu

People wait on a the other side of a road which has been cut by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Cyclone Mekunu has made landfall in Oman, bringing strong winds and torrential rains on to the southeastern corner of the Arabian peninsula. And at least 11 people were killed in waters near the island when two ships went down in the pounding rain and wind, the official said.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Muscat continues to monitor the situation and is communicating with Filipinos in Salalah, the capital city of southern Oman's Dhofar province which Cyclone Mekunu hit the most.

The government declared the island in the northwest Indian Ocean, part of a UNESCO-protected archipelago for its rich biodiversity, a "disaster" zone.

The eye of category 2 severe cyclone Mekunu also passed Salalah in Oman, which is home to 80,000 Indians, yesterday late night causing heavy damage to properties.

The national civil defence committee said on Saturday the cyclone had subsided to a tropical storm but was still pummelling the country with heavy rain and winds at some 90 kilometres (56 miles) an hour.

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The civil aviation authority closed Salalah airport until midnight on Saturday. More than 800mm of rain is expected in Salalah and the storm may be upgraded to category 3, said reports.

The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say.

Other Muscat-listed companies such as Dhofar Poultry Co have also announced some losses from the cyclone.

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

Socrotra is now embroiled in another kind of storm, as tensions between the Yemeni government and the United Arab Emirates over the presence of Emirati troops on the island recently reached a head.

Authorities called on humanitarian organisations and the Saudi-led military coalition that is battling Huthi rebels in the country to help, according to state-run news agency Saba.

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