Cyclone Shaheen: Three killed in Oman, UAE gears up for impact
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Cyclone Shaheen: Three killed in Oman, UAE gears up for impact

Cyclone Shaheen: Three killed in Oman, UAE gears up for impact

The storm is expected to hit parts of the UAE on Monday, particularly in the Al Ain region

At least three people including a child were killed in Oman as the country continues to face the impact of tropical cyclone Shaheen.

A child, who had been swept away by water, was later found dead in an inundated area in the Wilayat of Al Amerat in Muscat, the Oman News Agency reported. Another person who was reported missing on Sunday was found on Monday morning in Wadi Al-Sail in the Wilayat of Al-Rustaq in the South Al Batinah governorate.

Authorities also confirmed that two workers were killed when their housing area collapsed during a landslide in the Rusayl industrial area of Muscat province.

The National Center for Emergency Management also reported the collapse of a building of workers – which was “made of unstable materials” while they were on site in the Wilayat of Suwaiq. They were all transferred to a shelter centre in good health, it confirmed.

Flights were delayed on Sunday due to the severe weather conditions, with authorities warning the public to stay away from wadis and flooded areas.

The country’s Civil Aviation Authority confirmed on Monday morning that Shaheen has been downgraded to a “tropical depression” and is currently located over Al Dhahira governate.

However rainfall is expected to persist across several areas in the country, it said.

Meanwhile, Shaheen is expected to hit parts of the UAE on Monday, particularly in the Al Ain region.

Several schools in the region have switched to remote learning for Monday and Tuesday, while some of the roads were blocked on Sunday to avoid flooding.

Authorities urged people to remain cautious and “abide by the warnings issued by the concerned authorities and not to take risks or go out during turbulent weather conditions except for necessity in order to preserve their safety”.

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