These are the shocking results of the massive cyclone which hit the Arabian Peninsula this week, dumping three years’ worth of rainfall in a city in Oman and flooding the desert.
Video footage shows cars driving on flooded highways through Oman, and there have been reports of buildings being ripped apart by the strong winds.
The footage, filmed using a drone, shows how the desert has been turned into a murky beige sea in the wake of the severe weather.
Six Omanis have died in the storms, including a 12-year-old girl, with at least 30 reported missing over the weekend.
Cyclone Mekunu saw eleven inches of rain hit Oman’s third largest city of Salalah, nearly three times its annual rainfall, leaving thousands of its 200,000 residents without power and water.
Flooding and damage remains considerable after the cyclone, the strongest-ever recorded to hit southern Oman.
While Salalah International Airport already has reopened, there’s still much damage that needs to be repaired in Oman, from downed power lines to whole roadways swallowed by raging flash floods. Water supplies also have been affected.
Before hitting Oman, Mekunu struck Yemen’s Socotra in the Arabian Sea, causing massive damage to the island that UNESCO has recognized as a world natural heritage site.
The storm killed at least seven people there while eight remain missing, according to the United Nations.
Over 500 families were displaced by the storm, which sent flash floods through streets and homes on the island.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar all have sent relief material to the island, as has the U.N.