Sunday, October 2, 2022

Death toll in Cyclone Shaheen now 5 as storm in Oman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (WNN) – The death toll from Cyclone Shaheen rose to five on Monday, while other Iranian fishermen are missing as the storm progressed and weakened into Oman.

Authorities in Oman said they had found the body of a man who had gone missing after floodwaters swept away. As the storm struck on Sunday, he said a child drowned in a similar fashion and two foreigners from Asia died in the landslide.

In Iran, state television said rescue teams found the body of one of the five missing fishermen from the fishing village of Pasbandar near the Islamic Republic’s border with Pakistan. Earlier on Sunday, Iranian Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ali Nikzad said that he feared that six fishermen were killed due to the cyclone.

India’s Meteorological Department, the top forecast for cyclones in the Indian Ocean, said winds from Shaheen are now reaching 90 kph (55 mph) and will continue to weaken. It predicted that the storm would weaken into a tropical depression in the coming hours. Shaheen made landfall with gusts of 150 kilometers per hour (93 mph).

Omani state television broadcast images of flooded roadways and valleys as the storm churned deep into the sultanate, with its outer fringes reaching the neighboring United Arab Emirates. The emirate, home of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, issued a warning to residents that a storm was approaching. Winds had been blowing since Sunday at the newly opened Expo 2020 grounds in Dubai.

A cyclone is similar to a hurricane or a typhoon; Their names change only because of their location. Hurricanes originate east of the International Date Line. Typhoons develop to the west of the line. They are known as cyclones in the Indian Ocean and Australia.


Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.


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