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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 April, 2003, 19:28 GMT 20:28 UK
Oman floods kill 14
Map of Oman
Oman's capital Muscat was badly hit by flash floods
At least 14 people have died during two days of torrential rain in the Gulf state of Oman.

Three people are known to be missing and rescue teams fear there could be more casualties as they try to reach remote areas cut off by the floods.

The storms, which hit the country on Monday, have caused extensive damage to property, cut power supplies and uprooted vegetation.

The official ONA news agency put the death toll at 14, although police spokesman Abdullah al-Harthy was quoted as saying 16 had died, including nine Omanis.

Remote

Rescue workers said they expected more bodies to be found in the coming days.

"We still have to go to remote areas which are not accessible because of the floods," one worker said.

Nizwa, south west of the capital Muscat, was among the worst hit with 66 millimetres (2.6 inches) of rainfall, while Muscat itself received 23 millimetres (0.9 inches).

We haven't lost hope. Miracles do happen
An Asha Enterprises spokesman, whose workers are missing

A police spokesman in Muscat said: "People died from road accidents, from houses caving in and others were swept away by floods in the last 24 hours."

The Asha Enterprises construction company is still waiting to hear the fates of three of its employees, missing after their truck was swept up in the floods in Muscat.

"We haven't lost hope. Miracles do happen," said MA Surendran of Asha Enterprises.


SEE ALSO:
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