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Deadly Cyclone Mekunu to spare UAE

 

DUBAI – A tropical cyclone that has wreaked havoc in Yemen and Oman will not reach the UAE, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).

Cyclone Mekunu left at least 10 people dead in Yemen and Oman. It made landfall in Salalah on Saturday, after causing devastation on Yemen’s Socotra island where five people were reported dead and at least 40 others missing.

In a statement, the weather bureau said the tropical cyclone will not reach the UAE, although it will create cloudy conditions and rain with thunder.

In Yemen, at least 40 people — including Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese citizens — were missing on Socotra as flash floods swept through the island.

Meteorologists warned that Mekunu was gaining strength and would be “extremely severe” when it crashes into the mainland Arabian Peninsula.

In Oman, police said that a 12-year-old girl died after winds from the cyclone slammed her into a wall.

Strong winds forced the Salalah International Airport to close. Rescue helicopters have been sent to remote villages to evacuate residents, police said.

 

On Yemen’s Socotra island, more than 230 families took shelter in sturdier buildings and other areas, according to authorities. GAD/Expat Media

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