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Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO) is do­nat­ing RO5 mil­lion to sup­port vic­tims of Cy­clone Mekunu and the on­go­ing re­cov­ery ef­forts in the wake of the re­cent trop­i­cal storm which hit Dho­far and Al Wusta Gover­norates.

The com­pany has also launched a staff ap­peal in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter which has so far raised more than RO160,000. All of the money will be used to re­build homes in the af­fected ar­eas and PDO’s con­ces­sion area and sup­port other relief ef­forts.

HE Dr Mo­hammed bin Ha­mad Al Rumhy, Min­is­ter of Oil and Gas and Chair­man of the PDO Board of Di­rec­tors, said, “PDO is a good cor­po­rate cit­i­zen which is strongly com­mit­ted to the safety, em­pow­er­ment and suc­cess of the com­mu­ni­ties where it works. I am happy that the com­pany is able to make this sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the dis­as­ter relief ef­forts and help those af­fected to re­build their lives and homes. I also ap­plaud PDO’s staff for do­nat­ing money to the cause and once again show­ing their com­pas­sion and con­cern for those in need.”

PDO Manag­ing Di­rec­tor Raoul Res­tucci said: “PDO is deeply con­cerned for the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate and those beyond our bound­aries which were se­ri­ously im­pacted by the dev­as­tat­ing cy­clone. There was a huge groundswell of sup­port and sym­pa­thy for the vic­tims from our staff and con­trac­tors, some of whom were caught up in the dis­as­ter. They wanted to do ev­ery­thing they could to help and have re­sponded mag­nif­i­cently with the relief and re­cov­ery ef­forts and rais­ing money for those who bore the brunt of the storm.”

De­spite the chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions, PDO was able to safely evac­u­ate more than 19,000 staff and con­trac­tors from the af­fected ar­eas and give vi­tal sup­port to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing shel­ter, food and wa­ter, fa­cil­i­tat­ing the re-con­nec­tion of elec­tric­ity ser­vices, open­ing roads, and sup­ply­ing mu­nic­i­pal of­fices with fuel and satel­lite phones. This huge un­der­tak­ing was ably led by the com­pany’s Cor­po­rate Emer­gency Co-or­di­na­tion Cen­tre at Mina Al Fa­hal in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its Lo­cal Emer­gency Con­trol Cen­tres at Har­weel and Mar­mul, Nimr and Bahja. The teams also co­or­di­nated and col­lab­o­rated with the Min­istry of Oil and Gas, the Royal Oman Po­lice and the Pub­lic Author­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion.

Res­tucci added: “This was a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of car­ing and pro­fes­sional team­work, with peo­ple who were de­ter­mined to en­sure the safety and care of many thou­sands of peo­ple who had to be evac­u­ated or who lacked food, wa­ter and power sup­plies. I would like to ex­press my ut­most pride in, and grat­i­tude to, all those who tire­lessly and un­selfishly played their part in the suc­cess­ful re­sponse to Cy­clone Mekunu.”

PDO con­trib­uted al­most RO362,000 to help those caught up in the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Ye­men af­ter two staff ap­peals in 2015 and 2017. It also do­nated RO192,000 to help Ro­hingya refugees in Novem­ber last year. Other fundrais­ing ef­forts in re­cent years have in­cluded dona­tions for vic­tims of the Nepal earth­quake, the Syr­ian civil war, the Gaza con­flict and ty­phoon Haiyan in the Philip­pines.

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