13 rescued from flooded houses, wadis
Thirteen people were rescued from flooded houses and vehicles stuck in wadis as rain lashed many parts of Oman on Saturday and Sunday.
The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has said that Izki in Dakhliyah recorded the highest rainfall at 52.6mm, followed by 52.2mm in Saiq and 46mm in Nizwa on Saturday.
As a result of heavy rainfall, several teams of the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources are engaged in clean-up operations in wilayats such as Khasab, Liwa, Lima, Wadi al Ma’awel and Dhank.
In the first case, four citizens were rescued by the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) teams after their houses got flooded in Amerat following heavy rainfall on Saturday. Civil defence teams also rescued an Asian in Musandam after he got stranded at a wadi in Dibba.
On Sunday, two Omani families were rescued by PACDA teams and citizens after their vehicles got stuck in overflowing wadis. In the wilayat of Al Kamil W’Al Wafi, citizens rescued members of an Omani family after their vehicle got trapped in Wadi Siq while another family was rescued by a PACDA team from a vehicle stuck in Wadi al Sharqi in Ibra.
PACDA teams rescued two more persons from their vehicles stuck in a wadi in Ibra, a citizen from his vehicle trapped in Wadi al Ais in Musannah, South Batinah and another two persons while they tried to cross a wadi in the wilayat of Dhank, Dhahirah. Another three persons were rescued from their vehicle stranded in Wadi Halfen in Adam.
The ROP has warned drivers against crossing overflowing wadis.
“Crossing an overflowing wadi can attract an imprisonment up to three months and a fine of RO500, or one of these, according to Article 49 of the Traffic Law,” said an ROP official.
The official also urged drivers to be careful while driving on wet roads to avoid skidding. “This is to ensure that they do not lose control of the vehicle.”