67 schools to be used as shel­ters


Sixty-seven schools have been iden­ti­fied to be used as shel­ters for ac­com­mo­dat­ing those likely to be af­fected by trop­i­cal storm Luban.

A to­tal of 1,327 peo­ple have been ac­com­mo­dated at these shel­ters so far. The au­thor­i­ties ex­pect the num­ber to go up in the com­ing hours.

“No mat­ter what the de­gree of the storm, all pre­cau­tions have been taken,” said Lt Colonel Faisal al Ha­jri, Di­rec­tor of Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice of Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Civil De­fence (NCCD). “It is not the de­gree of the storm, but the amount of rain that mat­ters,” he said.

“100-250 mm of rain in our to­pog­ra­phy can cause flash floods and raise wa­ter lev­els, es­pe­cially in the low ly­ing ar­eas,” said the NCCD of­fi­cial.

He said cross­ing wadis is the main rea­son for ca­su­al­ties. So far, there have been no mishaps. Search and res­cue teams have been de­ployed in the gover­norate. Many peo­ple have moved to Salalah, es­pe­cially from Rakhy­out and Dhalk­out, as a safety pre­cau­tion.

“The pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign con­ducted through me­dia seems to have helped. While evac­u­a­tion is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent, mon­i­tor­ing of wadis and dams are equally im­por­tant,” said Lt Col Al Ha­jri. “This time, there has been no need to evac­u­ate Al Halaniyat Is­lands or ho­tels,” he said.

Crit­i­cal as­sets, spare parts, tech­ni­cal teams and gen­er­a­tors have been de­ployed. “Med­i­cal staff have been pro­vided along with med­i­cal ser­vices. We have been sup­ply­ing hos­pi­tals with gen­er­a­tors and wa­ter sup­plies so they can con­tinue their op­er­a­tions,” he said.

— Reuters

Palm trees bat­tle with heavy winds on a high­way ahead of Luban which is ex­pected to hit Salalah on Sun­day.

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