Oct 4, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Deadly cyclone slams Oman and Iran

Flooding in the Omani capital Muscat, as the Shaheen tropical storm hits the country Sunday.
Flooding in Oman's capital, Muscat, as a tropical storm hits the country. Photo: Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP via Getty Images

Tropical Cyclone Shaheen killed at least nine people as it slammed coastal areas of Oman and Iran Sunday, the BBC reports.

Of note: Shaheen is the first tropical cyclone to ever hit Oman's far north, as it triggered flash flooding and heavy rains — with some areas of the desert climate seeing over a year's worth of rain in one day, Yale Climate Connections notes.

The big picture: Shaheen weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall near Oman's capital, Muscat, with maximum sustained winds of 75-93 mph Sunday evening, according to state media.

  • Three people died in the country and six others were killed by the storm in southeastern Iran, per Al Jazeera.
  • Infrastructure damage was reported in both countries and more than 2,700 people in Oman had to flee to emergency shelters, Al Jazeera notes.

Context: Scientists have directly linked human-caused global warming to extreme weather events.

For the record: A cyclone is the term these countries and others in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific regions use for the same weather phenomenon as a hurricane or typhoon, per NOAA.

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