Oman – Vision ins: Mekunu claims not to exceed OR100,000
Thursday, 05 31 2018, Category: Nature, Country: Oman
Oman is underway with a big clean-up of the cyclone-hit Dhofar and Wusta regions of the sultanate's south, as floods begin to subside revealing damaged infrastructure and drowned homes.
Thousands of volunteers and civil defence workers are helping clear waterlogged areas, while charities and relief groups are also on hand to assist locals affected by the storms.
Six people died when Cyclone Mekunu hit Oman's coastline on Friday, causing heavy flooding and strong winds, despite the storm being less severe than initially feared.
Civil defence teams began to tow away submerged vehicles over the weekend, along with rescuing those caught up by the floods.
Roads are being repaired, while alternative routes being constructed to isolated villages.
Many are relieved that the hurricane-strength storm was downgraded to a deep depression when it made landfall, with the damage not quite as widespread as expected.
Vision Insurance told Muscat's stock market that it does not expect pay-outs to exceed 100,000 rials ($260,000), but this is a modest reflection of the overall destruction caused as the vast majority of homes and farms in the south are not covered by insurance.
Oman also ordered businesses to close for three days while the clean-up continues.
Although Salalah Airport reopened on Sunday after halting operations on Friday, Salalah's port remains closed after the authority issued a "force majeure" until further notice, although some container shipping is thought to be operating.