Ex­pa­tri­ate dies as van on route to Salalah hits camel

Most road ac­ci­dents in Dho­farar oc­cur at night and mainly in­volve live­stock cross­ings

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

A 50 year old In­dian ex­pa­tri­ate was killed in a freak road ac­ci­dent on way to Salalah on Tues­day night. Mo­hammed Ali Poyil was work­ing at a bak­ery shop in Barka for the last few years.

The van in which he was trav­el­ling hit a camel, lost balance and turned up­side down lead­ing to his death on the spot.

The in­ci­dent took place in Mar­mul in Dho­far gover­norate. His body was shifted to Sul­tan Qa­boos Hos­pi­tal Salalah.

As per a study con­ducted by Dho­far Univer­sity, it was found that most road ac­ci­dents in the gover­norate oc­cur mostly at night and mainly in­volve live­stock cross­ings. Visi­tors need to take ex­tra care while driv­ing around with high level of live­stock-re­lated road ac­ci­dents re­ported from the re­gion in the past. Salalah-Taqah, Salalah-Thum­rait and Taqah- Mir­bat roads were re­ported as the main lo­ca­tions for live­stock­ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents. The study showed that 40.6 per cent of the par­tic­i­pants had an ac­ci­dent where an­i­mals were in­volved re­sult­ing in mon­e­tary dam­ages (to 37.8 per cent of the par­tic­i­pants) and caus­ing health prob­lems (33.9 per cent).

Dho­far ac­counts for 60 per cent of all camels and 57.8 per cent of cat­tle of the to­tal live­stock in Oman.

With the in­creas­ing num­ber of ve­hi­cles driven by tourists who are not fa­mil­iar with the area and the haz­ards of live­stock cross­ing, more ac­ci­dents are likely to oc­cur, sug­gests the au­thor of the study Dr Ah­mad Abu Abdo, De­part­ment of Civil and In­fra­struc­ture En­gi­neer­ing, Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Ras al Khaimah, UAE.

Dr Abdo was chair of the De­part­ment of Civil and En­vi­ron­men­tal En­gi­neer­ing at Dho­far Univer­sity in Salalah when the study was con­ducted in 2015.

Due to the rainy sea­son dur­ing the sum­mer in Dho­far, own­ers re­lo­cate their live­stock from the sur­round­ing moun­tains, espe­cially camels, to the out­skirts of Salalah near the main high­ways. “The main rea­son for such ac­tion is to avoid in­juries and pos­si­ble fi­nan­cial loss of their live­stock due to un­sta­ble wet­lands and land­slides,” the study found.

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