Over 1,000 in emer­gency shel­ters, may reach 4,000 overnight, no deaths, in­juries so far

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The slow speed of Cy­clone Luban has given emer­gency re­spon­ders vi­tal time to make sure every­one is safe, but the full fury of the storm has yet to be felt, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior of­fi­cial.

Of­fi­cials ex­pect the num­ber of peo­ple in emer­gency shel­ters will quadru­ple overnight into to­day (Sun­day), as Luban makes its way in­land, but the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Civil De­fence is ready to tackle what­ever is thrown at Oman.

Over 1,300 peo­ple are cur­rently in shel­ters, and that num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease to 4,000 by to­day, ac­cord­ing to Lt Col Faisal Al Ha­jri, Di­rec­tor of the ex­ec­u­tive of­fice at the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Civil De­fence.

“We have not seen the worst of the storm, and that is why there have been no in­juries or deaths,” Al Ha­jri told Times of Oman.>A4,5

A res­cue op­er­a­tion was car­ried out in co­op­er­a­tion with the Sadah po­lice force. In a state­ment, PACDA said, “A team from the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil De­fence res­cued eight crew mem­bers of a com­mer­cial ves­sel when their ship got stuck among the rocks due to high waves in the Wi­layat of Sadah.” All eight were evac­u­ated from the ship and are in good health, the au­thor­ity added.

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