Mekunu brought winds of over 170 kilometers and dumped up to 11 inches of rain on Salalah - which normally averages about 5 inches annually - in a 24-hour period causing extensive flooding and damage. The search operation is still underway for the rest of the sailors.
State-run Oman Television showed footage of large areas covered with floods in Dhofar and the nearby Al-Wusta provinces.
Oman news agency reported today that the cyclone has retreated enough to allow air traffic to resume in accordance to global safety standards.
The NCM also predicts that Mekunu will intensify into a Category 2 cyclone over the next 12 hours, with an expected wind speed of between 155 to 165 km/h.
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Among those missing on the Arabian Sea isle are Yemenis, Indians and Sudanese citizens, and officials feared some may be dead. The girl died after she was swept against the walls by the wind whereas the other got washed away in a vehicle.
India's meteorological department described the cyclone as "extremely severe", with sustained winds of about 110mph. Three Asians who were wounded by the cyclone were rescued.
Cyclone Mekunu has left ten people dead in Oman and Yemen with 40 others reported missing from the Yemeni island of Socotra according to news reports. Shahriar said Bangladeshi officials would go to the affected areas once the airport in Salalah resumes operations.
Civil defense said it had evacuated 10,000 people from schools and government buildings, mainly in the city of Salalah which has a population of 200,000.
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Saudi teams on the island managed to open the main road between the island's capital and its airport, he said.
Eleven people have been killed in a ferocious cyclone in Oman.
The Port of Salalah - a key gateway for the country - also closed, its cranes secured against the pounding rain.
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