Child killed by floodwaters as cyclone hits Oman

Tropical Cyclone Shaheen bore down on Oman on Sunday, prompting authorities to delay flights to and from the capital, Muscat, and to induce residents to evacuate coastal areas.

A toddler who had been swept away by water was discovered lifeless, the state news company mentioned, and one other particular person was lacking.

The attention of the storm was about 60 kilometres from Muscat and it was carrying high winds of 120 km/h or extra, a joint assertion by the nation’s hazard, climate and civil aviation businesses mentioned.

The storm’s centre was anticipated to hit land in the course of the late afternoon and night, bringing very excessive winds and heavy rainfall, however the outer bands of the system earlier made landfall within the sultanate, which sits on the japanese fringe of the Arabian Peninsula.

Rain from Cyclone Shaheen brought on flash flooding in Oman. This picture reveals the flooding within the capital, Muscat. (Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/Getty Photos)

The nationwide emergency committee mentioned the facility provide could be minimize in al-Qurm, east of the capital, to keep away from accidents.

Greater than 2,700 folks have been put up in emergency shelters.

Many of the oil-exporting nation’s 5 million folks dwell in and round Muscat.

Floodwaters inundated roads in Muscat. (Sultan Al Hassani/Reuters)

Roads within the capital could be open solely to automobiles on emergency and humanitarian journeys till the storm dies down, authorities mentioned.

The neighbouring United Arab Emirates additionally warned these on its japanese reaches to be ready for the storm. | Little one killed by floodwaters as cyclone hits Oman

Aila Slisco

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