Cyclone Shaheen Strikes Oman, 13 Dead

Tropical Cyclone Shaheen killed 13 people as it hit Oman and Iran on Sunday with strong winds and heavy rains, causing flood and evacuations of residents on the coastal area.

Cyclone Shaheen caused officials to cancel flights to and from Muscat and to advise citizens to evacuate coastal areas.

The tropical cyclone’s eye entered the states of Musanah and Suwaiq, accompanied by hefty rain and strong winds. Wind speed on the wall of the storm is between 120-150km per hour.

On Monday, Omani officials reported the deaths of seven people in the province of North al-Batinah. On Sunday, four other people drowned or were killed in landslides. 

Iranian official television said that the bodies of two fishermen had been discovered. 

Meanwhile, three fishermen remain missing off the coast of Sistan-Baluchestan in the south-eastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, close to the Pakistani border. 

According to Oman’s national news agency, the military forces are still rescuing civilians caught by floodwater.

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