Cyclone hits Oman, disrupting oil and gas infrastructure

Cyclone Phet, despite weakening to a Category 1 storm, pummeled Oman’s coastline on Friday, killing two and halting the small oil-producing country’s oil and gas production, officials and state media said.

Phet’s first confirmed casualties were an Omani man who died trying to cross a flooded area in Oman’s northern al Dhahira region and a Bangladeshi woman who was electrocuted in Qurayyat village near the capital Muscat, state television said.

“Some of the rescue operations are being hampered by poor visibility and strong winds,” inspector general of police and customs Malik bin Suleiman al-Maamary said on Omani television. “There is bound to be damage but it is too early to assess it.”

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