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Saturday, 26 May 2018 - 12:16
Cyclone Mekunu hits southern Oman
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Salalah, Oman's second largest city was flooded today (May 26) as "extremely severe" Cyclone Mekunu hit southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing a 12-year-old girl and leaving three other people injured, officials say.

The Royal Oman Police, meanwhile, urged residents to stay indoors and not to risk their lives. The cyclone made landfall near Salalah, Oman's third-largest city and home to some 200,000 people, early Saturday.

The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say. State TV showed large areas of flooding in Dhofar and al-Wusta provinces, with dozens of vehicles submerged.

The cyclone intensified in strength on Friday but has now been downgraded and officials said it would weaken further into a tropical storm.

Cyclone Mekunu's landfall to the west of Salalah, Oman's second city, came a day after it lashed the Yemeni island of Socotra, where several were reportedly killed while at least 40 others were missing.
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