May 26, 2018

Cyclone Mekunu leaves scenes of devastation in Oman

A flooded street in Salalah, Oman. Photo: Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images

Officials say at least five people have been reported dead after a major cyclone hit Oman and Yemen, the Associated Press reports.

The details, per Axios' Andrew Freedman: Making landfall as a Category 3 storm near the city of Salalah, Tropical Cyclone Mekunu was the strongest such storm to hit Oman since reliable records began in the 1950s. In less than a day, it dumped more rain than that desert region typically sees in a year. At least 30 people were reported missing, per the AP.

See the damage:
A car stuck in a flooded street in the southern city of Salalah, Oman. Photo: Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images
A flooded street in the southern city of Salalah as the country prepares for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu. Photo: Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images
Omanis take pictures on the beach as high waves break along the shore. Photo: Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images
Cars on a flooded street in Salalah. Photo: Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Images

Flashback: Cyclone Mekunu rolls ashore in Oman, threatening historic disaster

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