Oman

Cyclone Mekunu leaves scenes of devastation in Oman

A flooded street in Salalah, 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.

Cyclone Mekunu rolls ashore in Oman, threatening historic disaster

Adapted from Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies; GIF: Harry Stevens/Axios

The full wrath of Tropical Cyclone Mekunu is moving across the coast of southwest Oman and northeastern Yemen on Friday.

The impact: No storm this strong has hit this area since reliable records began in the 1950s, and it's possible the damage from Mekunu will be billions of dollars. Due to a long-running civil war, Yemen does not have robust disaster response capabilities. Plus, the country is in the midst of one of the world's worst cholera outbreaks, which could be exacerbated by this year's rainy season. Oman, however, has more robust response capabilities, but still may be overwhelmed by this event.