Omani claims for damage caused by Cyclone Mekunu exceed $400 million

The cyclone ripped through coastal areas of southern Oman in late May, 2018, leaving several dead, and devastating homes and livelihoods. (Mohammed Mahjoub/AFP/File)
Updated 01 January 2019
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Omani claims for damage caused by Cyclone Mekunu exceed $400 million

  • The cyclone ripped through southern Yemen before it hit Oman in late May
  • Several people were killed during Cyclone Mekunu

DUBAI: Oman’s Cyclone Mekunu left a trail of destruction and a multimillion-dollar insurance bill, national daily, Times of Oman reported.

Insurance claims against the damage caused by the devastating cyclone that ripped through southern Oman in May, 2018, have exceeded $400 million.

Dozens of people were killed when Cyclone Mekuna ripped through southern Yemen and Oman in May, leaving a path of destruction.

It hit Oman late on May 25, bringing with it, torrential rain, gusts of up to 180 kph, eight-feet tall waves, and flash floods.

Now insurance companies say they have received 1,123 claims up to the end of September worth $403.7 million, the report added, citing data from the Capital Market Authority (CMA).

There was also extensive damage caused to properties, the road networks and coastal defenses.


Sinai clashes kill 7 Egyptian troops, 59 militants

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Sinai clashes kill 7 Egyptian troops, 59 militants

  • Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants last year
  • The country has struggled to defeat a long-running insurgency in Sinai

CAIRO: Egypt says at least seven troops, including an officer, have been killed in clashes with militants in recent operations in restive northern Sinai Peninsula.
The military said in a statement Tuesday that forces have killed at least 59 suspected militants and arrested another 142 suspected militants and criminals.
It says airstrikes destroyed 56 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert, south and northeastern border areas.
The military statement gave no timeframe for these recent operations. It wasn’t possible to independently confirm the details as access to northern Sinai is heavily restricted.
Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants last year. It has struggled to defeat a long-running insurgency in Sinai, which serves as a base for Egypt’s Daesh affiliate.