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Cyclone Shaheen’s death toll in Oman is now 12

By The Associated Press

Muscat: The death toll from Cyclone Shaheen rose to 12 on Monday, while other Iranian fishermen are missing as the storm moved further inland into Oman and weakened.

Authorities in Oman said they had found the body of a man who had disappeared 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. The country’s emergency management committee announced seven additional deaths from the storm on Monday afternoon, without elaborating.

In Iran, state television said rescue teams found the body of one of the five missing fishermen from the fishing village 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.

Zabol city governor Abbasli Arjamandi said Iran’s Sistan and Balochistan provinces also saw 122 people go to hospital on Sunday after they developed eye, heart and lung problems due to the dust storm caused by the cyclone. He said eighteen needed to be hospitalized for further care.

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 kph (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.

All construction work in Al-Ain, which borders Oman, was suspended and children were asked to study remotely on Monday and Tuesday.

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