Disaster in Oman: Hurricane kills 4, including child

Four people, including a child, have been killed in the devastation caused by Typhoon Shaheen in Oman.

According to the details, winds started blowing at a speed of 120 to 150 km per hour in Oman and heavy rains were also continuing while four people including a child were killed in different accidents.

Authorities said Sunday that two of the deaths were caused by landslides and one was caused by flash floods, according to AFP.

The storm was expected to pass through the northern coast of Oman in the evening with winds blowing at a speed of about 140 km per hour.

The storm disrupted flights and closed schools. In the kingdom’s capital, Muscat, vehicles were stranded in deep water, while roads were found empty.

Authorities in the country’s Gulf neighbor, the United Arab Emirates, said a high alert had been issued. Oman’s National Committee for Emergency Management said rescue teams had removed the bodies of two men after a landslide hit a house in the Russell Industrial Area in Muscat province.

The committee added that a flash flood in the same province had killed one child and left one missing. According to airport officials, some flights to and from Muscat were suspended to avoid dangers.

The country’s civil aviation authority has asked people to avoid going to any low-lying area or valley. According to Oman’s state news agency, due to “bad weather conditions”, authorities in the country have declared Sunday and Monday a public holiday and closed schools.

It should be noted that deadly storms in the Gulf come from time to time. In May 2018, Hurricane Makono devastated southern Oman and the Yemeni island of Scotra, killing at least 11 people.

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However, preparations are also being made in the United Arab Emirates to deal with Hurricane Shaheen. Authorities have asked people to refrain from going to beaches and low-lying areas.

On Saturday, the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said: “We want to reassure everyone that the authorities are on high alert and ready to deal with any weather situation.

According to the Abu Dhabi Media Office, all construction work in the city of Al Ain, near the border with Oman, has been halted until Tuesday, while children will attend classes from home on Monday and Tuesday.

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