Dho­far schools, Salalah port closed over im­pend­ing Luban

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Schools in Dho­far will be closed on Oc­to­ber 11 and will be used as shel­ters if needed over the week­end due to the loom­ing threat of trop­i­cal storm Luban.

“This comes in the in­ter­est of the safety of stu­dents and staff in the field of ed­u­ca­tion,

and within the frame­work of iden­ti­fy­ing the schools in the gov­er­norate as shel­ters for cit­i­zens and res­i­dents,” an­nounced the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Ed­u­ca­tion in Dho­far.

Salalah Port

Mo­hammed bin Au­fait Al Mashani, Direc­tor Gen­eral of Cor­po­rate Af­fairs at Salalah Port said that it has been de­cided to cease all op­er­a­tions at the port from

Thurs­day morn­ing. He said that the port man­age­ment has taken all pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to limit dam­ages in view of the trop­i­cal con­di­tion.

The of­fi­cials have put in place an emer­gency plan to en­sure se­cu­rity and safety of its em­ploy­ees, prop­erty and pub­lic util­i­ties along with re­moval of wooden boats to safer places out­side the port, he added.

Trop­i­cal storm Luban is likely to de­velop into a Cat­e­gory 2 cy­clone within the next 48 hours, the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity of Civil Avi­a­tion (PACA) said on Wed­nes­day. It is now a Cat­e­gory 1 Trop­i­cal Cy­clone.

Man­soor Al Shabibi, a spe­cial­ist at the Me­te­o­rol­ogy Depart­ment at PACA, said,“It is still very hard to pre­dict where this cy­clone will go. But sev­eral coastal ar­eas along Dho­far will get heavy rain and strong winds.”

Mean­while, PACA’s spokesper­son said, “The lat­est weather charts and satel­lite im­ages of the Na­tional Multi-Haz­ard and Early Warn­ing Cen­tre in­di­cate the de­vel­op­ment of Luban into a Cat­e­gory 1 trop­i­cal cy­clone. The cy­clone is around 600km away from Salalah city, with sur­face wind speeds of 64 to 74 knots (119 to 137kmph).

“The trop­i­cal storm con­tin­ues to move to­wards the Dho­far gov­er­norate coast and Ye­men, with the storm likely to deepen into a trop­i­cal cy­clone of the se­cond de­gree within the next 48 hours.”

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