Inclement weather till tomorrow
Four citizens were rescued by the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) officials, after their houses got waterlogged at Amerat following heavy showers on Saturday. Civil defence teams also rescued an Asian in Musandam after he was stranded in a wadi in Dibba. Emergency care was administered after which he was rushed to hospital. Several parts of Muscat also experienced power outages for brief periods following heavy rains in the evening. Waterlogging led to traffic snarls in various parts including Darsait, Hamriya and Ruwi High Street on Saturday evening.
The ROP and PACDA have urged people to exercise caution and avoid venturing out into wadis during the rains. Muscat and eight other governorates will witness rains accompanied by heavy winds till Monday morning, the Directorate General of Meteorology has said.
An official from the Oman Met Office said, “These rains are being caused due to low pressure prevalent in most part of the Gulf. Oman could experience heavy rains between 30mm and 75mm, which may lead to overflowing of wadis. Hailstorms are also likely in many parts of the country including Muscat, Musandam, North Batinah, South Batinah, Dakhliyah, North and South Sharqiyah, Dhahirah, and Buraimi. The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) said, “Do not cross any wadis, avoid low-lying areas, and do not sail during thunderous rains.”
Muscat Municipality too has issued a warning advising people to stay away from electricity poles and waterlogged areas as the weather is likely to worsen from Saturday night. In a statement the municipality said, “Everyone is urged to be careful, and stay away from pools of water around light poles and electric substations.”
Rehabilitation centres closed
All private and public rehabilitation centres will be closed in Oman (except Dhofar and Al Wusta) on Sunday, the Ministry of Social Development has announced.