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Oman declares 3-day bank holiday in Dhofar region after cyclone hits

Sunday 27/May/2018 - 12:20 PM
Sada El Balad
edited by: Basant Ahmed
Oman’s central bank on Sunday declared a three-day bank holiday for the Dhofar region after Cyclone Mekunu hit the southern part of the Gulf Arab country، Reuters reported.

In view of the climate conditions، Sunday، Monday and Tuesday will be an official holiday for all banks، finance and leasing companies and money exchanges، a central bank circular said.

Cyclone Mekunu hit southern Yemen and the coast of neighbouring Oman over the weekend، leaving several dead and others missing.
A powerful cyclone has struck Oman and killed at least three people، among them a 12-year-old girl، officials have said.
Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away some roads and submerged others in Salalah، the country’s third-largest city، leaving drivers stranded. Strong winds knocked over street lights and ripped off roofs. The cyclone also struck neighbouring Yemen on Saturday، as the Guardian reports.
Fast-moving waters from the rain and storm surges flooded normally dry creek beds. Tourist beaches were littered with debris and foam from the Arabian Sea.

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