Cyclone 'Mekunu' hits southern Oman

Cyclone 'Mekunu' has hit southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing a 12-year-old girl and leaving three other people injured, officials say.

The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say.

State TV showed large areas of flooding in Dhofar and al-Wusta provinces, with dozens of vehicles submerged.

The cyclone intensified in strength on Friday but has now been downgraded and officials said it would weaken further into a tropical storm.

Cyclone's landfall to the west of Salalah, Oman's second city, came a day after it lashed the Yemeni island of Socotra, where at least seven people were reported to have been killed.

(Agencies)