ROP is­sues ad­vi­sory; MoH, Salalah port for­mu­late con­tin­gency plans Salalah Air­port to con­tinue op­er­a­tions

Salalah Air­port to con­tinue op­er­a­tions, no can­cel­la­tion of flights

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

In the wake of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Luban, the ROP has is­sued a safety ad­vi­sory for ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents. The south­ern re­gion of Oman is likely to see heavy rains from Satur­day and iso­lated rains from Thurs­day.

Safety guide­lines

▶ In case of strong winds shut the win­dows and doors of your house firmly

▶Carry a ra­dio to fol­low weather bul­letins in case of power fail­ure

▶ Park your ve­hi­cle in a safe place and en­sure fuel tank is full

▶ In case of evac­u­a­tion or­ders, pay at­ten­tion to the in­struc­tions with­out any de­lay

▶ Don’t go near the sea

▶ Stay in­doors and avoid ven­tur­ing out dur­ing storm or rain

▶ Do not stand near elec­tric­ity poles or loose wires

▶ If you call for help, wait un­til an

emer­gency team ar­rives. Call 9999 in case of emer­gency ▶ Fish­er­men should keep their boats tied in safe places Salim bin Awadh al Yafei, deputy CEO of Oman Air­ports for Salalah has an­nounced that the air­port will con­tinue op­er­a­tions. He said that flights will not be can­celled un­less their safety is at risk.

In­ten­sive ef­forts un­der way

Var­i­ous govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions are mak­ing in­ten­sive ef­forts to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of Luban over the next few days. The Civil De­fence Com­mit­tee in Dho­far Gov­er­norate held an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing un­der the chair­man­ship of Maj Gen Ha­mad bin Su­laiman al Hatmi, As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice and Cus­toms and deputy chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Civil De- fence. The meet­ing re­asserted that all ba­sic ser­vices such as med­i­cal, elec­tric­ity, wa­ter, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions will be avail­able.

Min­istry of Health forms task forces

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Min­is­ter of Health, in a state­ment is­sued on Wed­nes­day said that H E Dr Mo­hammed bin Saif al Hosni, Un­der­sec­re­tary for Health Af­fairs in the min­istry along with Dr Rashid bin Ha­mad al Badi, di­rec­tor of Emer­gency Man­age­ment Cen­ter, have been asked to visit Dho­far gov­er­norate to fol­low up the readi­ness of health in­sti­tu­tions.

Nearby gov­er­norates too are ready to pro­vide health ser­vices, med­i­ca­tions, med­i­cal sup­plies and cadres when needed.

Port of Salalah forms con­tin­gency plan

The Port of Salalah has also is- sued a state­ment on its con­tin­gency plan.

The state­ment read, “Based on cur­rent es­ti­mates, all non-es­sen­tial per­son­nel and equip­ment will need to va­cate the port and we will cease all op­er­a­tions no later than 6am on Oc­to­ber 11. Ves­sels will not be au­tho­rised to stay in the har­bour af­ter this time, and lo­ca­tions for safe refuge out­side the har­bour have been des­ig­nated by the har­bour mas­ter. The ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity for safety of the crew and ves­sels in the safe refuge area re­mains with the mas­ter of the ves­sel. Port op­er­a­tions will re­sume once it has been deemed safe to do so.”

It added, “Cus­tomers who have re­frig­er­ated and or have IMO haz­ardous cargo in­side the port are strongly ad­vised to evac­u­ate their con­tain­ers prior to the afore­men­tioned shut­down. For any en­quiries di­rect your re­quests to Port of Salalah through the num­ber +968 23219052.”

Govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions have made in­ten­sive ef­forts to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of the cy­clone over the next few days

(Sup­plied pho­tos)

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