Updated: 10/18/2018 1:41:30 AM
Preliminary reports indicate at least 3 people have lost their lives and more than 33 were injured. The worst affected are Al Ghaydah and Sayhut with a combined population of 80 000. Other affected districts are Al Masilah, Qishn, Huswain and Al Hawf.
90% of the electricity grid in Al Ghaydah and in some of the smaller towns along the coast is down and will need repair, officials said.
"The province has become a disaster zone," local Yemeni spokesman said October 16. "There is widespread infrastructure damage in the area," he said.
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The tropical storm named Luban is gaining strength in the Arabian Sea and expected to make landfall in Oman this week. The storm is likely to deepen into a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone within the next 24 hours, the Public Authority of Civil Aviation of Oman said in a report.
The authorities Oman have already issued a list of guidelines for those who live in areas that are likely to be affected by cyclones and tropical storms.
Meanwhile, the UAE's met officials are closely monitoring the Cyclone Luban and will provide updates accordingly.
The NCM announced had announced earlier on Monday excluded the possibility of direct influence on the UAE by a tropical storm in the Arabian Sea in the next four days.
Additionally, the NCM said that the tropical storm is expected to move northwest from the middle of the Arabian Sea towards Oman's coast. The cyclone has wind speeds from 70-80 kmph accompanied by convective clouds associated with rain.
The Met expects that the wind speed will increase up to 100 kmph in the next 24 hours. NCM urged the public to ignore all rumours and wait for official reports and news updates.
Storm Luban Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green