Cyclone Mekunu: Indian Navy deploys INS Deepak, INS Kochi to assist Oman

Cyclone Mekunu: Indian Navy deploys INS Deepak, INS Kochi to assist Oman

Cyclone Mekunu: Indian Navy deploys INS Deepak, INS Kochi to assist Oman

Footage shared on social media showed torrents of sediment-laden water tearing through streets, buildings collapsing and palm trees bent over by the force of winds which gusted to 170 kilometres per hour.

Cyclone Mekunu, which hit the Yemeni island of Socotra, causing severe flooding and damage, is likely to trigger heavy showers along the western coast of Maharashtra in the next few days, an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) official said on Thursday, according to PTI.

A new tropical storm has developed in the southwest Arabian Sea where it intensified yesterday evening into Cyclone Mekunu.

Parts of Salalah, a city of about 200,000 people, lost power as the cyclone made landfall. He told AFP that authorities have recovered the bodies of the five Yemeni nationals and two Indians and were still searching for the remaining people. This is the outlook for the last full day of the cyclone's active life over the waters, after it blasted into the island feature of Socotra, off South Yemen, last night and picked up speed.

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Muscat: INS Deepak and INS Kochi were dispatched from Mumbai yesterday as first responders to the crisis situation in Salalah, Oman.

A vehicle makes its way through standing water on a road in Salalah, Oman. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing.

The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say.

The port of Salalah, crucial to Qatar amid a boycott by four Arab nations over a diplomatic spat with Doha, said it also had taken precautions and secured cranes ahead of the cyclone.

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Authorities have urged other residents to stay indoors. On the outskirts of the city, near the Salalah International Airport, what once was a dry creek bed had become a raging river. They described the cyclone as "extremely severe".

Although Oman's capital, Muscat, is not expected to bear the full impact of the cyclone, the U.S. Embassy there warned Americans to seek shelter and avoid travel.

The UAE was a key member of the Saudi-led coalition that has been waging a deadly war on Yemen since March 2015, but divisions have emerged in the face of clashing vested interests.

Socotra has a unique ecosystem and is home to plants, snails and reptiles that can be found nowhere else. As Mekunu barreled overhead, the eye of the storm provided a moment's respite.

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