A Japanese evacuation centre turned away two homeless people as a deadly typhoon approached on the weekend, prompting widespread criticism and a promise from the prime minister on Tuesday that it would not happen again.
The government weather agency issued a rare red warning for the area, saying there was a risk of "significant impacts from flooding" that included a "danger to life from fast flowing water, extensive flooding to property and road closures."
His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has instructed the Urgent Housing Department of Sharjah’s Directorate of Housing to provide appropriate and stable emergency shelter for the inhabitants of areas that may be affected by the Cyclone Shaheen as part of his keenness to provide a decent living for families.
Seven of the victims died in the Batinah region of Oman, the National Committee for Emergency Management said without giving details. More people are missing, it added.
Officials said 13 people were injured, two of them seriously. Many of the victims were vacationers visiting the tourist region.