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Cyclone lashes Oman, Iran; 9 dead

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In Oman, two people died in a landslide and a child in flash flooding, officials said.

Rescue teams pulled the bodies of two Asian workers from their home hit by a landslide in the Rusayl industrial area of Muscat Province, Oman’s National Committee for Emergency Management (NCEM) said.

The child died and another person was reported missing in flash floods in the capital’s province, it added.

Flights were cancelled or delayed, as wind speeds reached 120 kilometres an hour across Oman’s north coast.

Shaheen was later downgraded to a tropical storm, said the NCEM. In the capital Muscat, vehicles were tyre-deep in water and streets left semi-deserted.

Across the sea in Iran, six people were killed in Chabahar port in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, parliament’s news agency ICANA reported, citing deputy speaker Ali Nikzad. “Infrastructure, including electrical facilities and roads, was damaged,” provincial governor Hossein Modarres-Khiabani told Iran’s official IRNA news agency. – NDTV

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