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Oman says 4th person killed by Cyclone Mekunu

AP     27th May, 2018 10:53:36 printer

Oman says 4th person killed by Cyclone Mekunu


Authorities in Oman say a fourth person has been killed by Cyclone Mekunu, raising the storm's overall death toll to six.


Oman's National Committee for Civil Defense made the announcement early Sunday, without details on how the person died.


Earlier, Royal Oman Police identified three fatalities: a 12-year-old girl killed by a door flung open by the wind, an Asian laborer killed in a flooded valley and an Omani who died when his 4x4 was swept away by rains.


Yemeni officials have recovered two bodies from the hard-hit island of Socotra, while some 30 others remain missing there.


Oman's Salalah International Airport will reopen on Sunday after weathering Cyclone Mekunu.


The Public Authority for Civil Aviation in the Gulf country announced the reopening in a statement Saturday.


Authorities shut down the airport in Oman's third-largest city on Thursday ahead of Mekunu's arrival to the Arabian Peninsula. The storm caused at least five deaths in Oman and neighboring Yemen.


Oman's longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said declared a three-day holiday for government offices to allow workers to recover from the storm. Critical services like police and civil defense workers will keep working.