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3 Indians killed, several missing after Cyclone Mekunu hits Oman and Yemen

Governor Ramzy Mahrous of Yemen’s Socotra said that eight Indian sailors were missing.

india Updated: May 27, 2018 20:07 IST
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People search among the wreckage of a boat destroyed by Cyclone Mekunu in Socotra Island, Yemen, May 25, 2018. (REUTERS)

Three Indians were among 11 people killed by cyclone Mekunu that has battered southern Oman and the Yemeni island of Socotra, authorities and reports have said.

Cyclone Mekunu hit Oman’s Dhofar and Al-Wusta provinces on Friday after intensifying from a category one to a category two cyclone, with winds of up to 170 kilometres per hour after it made landfall on Socotra on Thursday.

Embassy officials visited a camp at Taqah in Salalah and arranged food for 460 people (145 Indians and 315 Bangladeshi nationals).

“Indian Embassy is taking care of 50 Indian dhow crew,” it said.

Salalah port authorities that four Indian registered dhows have sunk alongside the port. All Indian crew are safe, it said.

The death toll from the cyclone has reached 11.

According to AFP, Socotra’s governor Ramzy Mahrous said on Sunday that the death toll on the island remained seven -- five Yemenis and two Indian sailors. A further eight Indian sailors remain missing.

First Published: May 27, 2018 20:06 IST