Cyclone Shaheen hits Oman, three die in landslide and flooding

Cyclone Shaheen hits Oman, three die in landslide and flooding

Earlier thousands of residents in coastal areas were urged to leave their homes and head to emergency shelters on Saturday

Oman on Sunday suspended flights and shuttered schools after two people were killed by a landslide and a child died in flash flooding as Tropical Cyclone Shaheen lashed Oman.

Storm with wind speeds up to 139 kilometres an hour was due to cross Oman's north coast in the evening.

Vehicles were tyre-deep in water and streets were empty in the capital city of Muscat.

Rescue teams pulled the bodies of two men from their home after it was hit by a landslip in the Rusayl industrial area of Muscat province, Oman's National Committee for Emergency Management said.

A child died and another person was reporting missing in flash floods in the same province, it added.

Some flights to and from Muscat International Airport were suspended "to avoid any risks", the airport said, while the Civil Aviation Authority urged people to avoid low-lying areas and valleys.

Oman declared a two-day national holiday on Sunday and Monday and shuttered schools "due to the adverse climate conditions", the Oman News Agency (ONA) said.

Earlier thousands of residents in coastal areas were urged to leave their homes and head to emergency shelters on Saturday as the Gulf state braced for tropical storm Shaheen to intensify into a category 1 tropical cyclone.

Due to the adverse climate conditions being witnessed by the Sultanate and, in coordination with the National Committee for Emergency Management (NCEM) and to ensure safety of public and private employees, it was decided that Sunday and Monday (Oct3-4, 2021) will be an official holiday for employees of the departments of the state administrative apparatus, other legal entities and private sector's establishments, except the Governorates of Dhofar and Al Wusta.

Cyclone Shaheen hits Oman, three die in landslide and flooding
Oman delays, reschedules flights because of cyclone Shaheen

Private sector business owners may keep their employees working in the above-mentioned days, if deemed necessary to continue work during this holiday.

This is without prejudice to measures of health and occupational safety. In this case, the workers have to be compensated.

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