Cyclone Shaheen hits to regions in Oman as well as Iran.
Nine victims were killed across Oman and Iran on Sunday when Tropical Cyclone Shaheen devastated coastlines.
In Oman, Two Asian workers were killed by the landslide that struck their homes in an industrial area due to the storm.
One child was washed away by the storm surges died by. According to the state news agency, the other person was reported missing.
“The center of this tropical storm is moving into the state of Musanah and Suwaiq and is accompanied by heavy rain and powerful winds.
The speed of wind along the surface of the cyclone is between 120-150 km/h (75-93 miles per hour),” the state news agency stated.
Cyclone Shaheen caused authorities to cancel flights from and to Muscat and urge residents to leave areas along the coast.
The cyclone is likely to “directly impact north Al-Batinah, Al Dhahira, Al Buraimi, and Al Dakhliya,” an official statement from the country’s weather service added. Shaheen was upgraded as a tropical storm when it hit the ground in Oman.
Warning for huge flooding
In the words of Al-Jazeera’s weather expert Jeff Harrington, one of the greatest threats the hurricane poses is that due to Oman’s desert climate, “ground is bone dry, so it can’t absorb the rain.”
“The second part is this is a mountainous area, so that means the rain falls high above. And it gushes, so the combination of both of these would lead to the risk of high flooding,” Harrington said. Harrington.
Over the ocean in Iran, Six victims were killed in Chabahar ports in the Sistan-Baluchestan province.
However, the news agency of parliament ICANA quoted, quoting the deputy the speaker Ali Nikzad.
“Infrastructure, including electrical facilities and roads, was damaged,” Provincial Governor Hossein Modarres Khiabani said to the official Iranian IRNA news agency.
The storm’s eye was located 220km (130 miles) just off on the shores of this province, he added.
Adverse climate conditions
As of Oman, the emergency committee announced that they would cut the power supply in Al-Qurm. It is located to the east of Oman’s capital to ensure safety.
Over 2,700 people were placed in shelters that were deemed an emergency.
The bulk of the oil-exporting nation’s five million residents reside close to and in Muscat.
The roads in the capital will be closed to cars in emergency or humanitarian trips until the storm subsides, officials said.
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