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Hurricane Shaheen death toll rose to five

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The death toll from Cyclone Shaheen rose to five on Monday as other Iranian fishermen remain missing as the storm moved further inland to Oman and s is weakened.

Officials in Oman said they found the body of a man who went missing when floodwaters swept him away from his vehicle. As the storm made landfall on Sunday, they said a child similarly drowned and two foreigners from Asia died in a landslide.

In Iran, state television said rescuers found the body of one of the five missing fishermen off Pasabandar, a fishing village near the Islamic Republic’s border with Pakistan. Earlier on Sunday, Iranian deputy speaker Ali Nikzad said he feared up to six fishermen were killed as a result of the cyclone.

The Indian Meteorological Department, the main forecasters of the cyclones sweeping the Indian Ocean, said Shaheen winds are now blowing up to 90 km / h (55 mph) and will continue to weaken. He predicted the storm would weaken into a tropical depression within hours. Shaheen made landfall with winds reaching 150 km / h (93 mph).

Oman State TV broadcast footage of flooded roads and valleys as the storm sank deeper into the sultanate, its outer edges reaching neighboring United Arab Emirates. The Emirates, which are home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, had warned residents of the storm’s arrival. Winds had picked up in the country from Sunday, sweeping the grounds of Dubai’s all-new Expo 2020.


Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran contributed to this report.


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