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Schools in southern Oman close ahead of cyclone

AFP  |  Muscat 

announced schools in will close Thursday as a cyclone gathers strength in the Arabian Sea, five months after killed 11 people in the sultanate and

Cyclone Luban is expected to hit southern parts of and Yemeni islands, including Socotra, on Wednesday night with winds expected to reach 120 kilometres per hour (75 miles per hour).

"Schools will be shut as precautionary measure and to protect the students and staff... and in case residents need shelter during that time," the education directorate in Dhofar, 950 kilometres south of Muscat, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Luban is currently considered a category one tropical cyclone.

In May, killed at least 11 people in southern and the of

The cyclone had isolated parts of island -- part of a UNESCO-protected archipelago for its rich biodiversity -- with the government declaring it a "disaster" zone.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 20:30 IST