Kyarr: Tidal waves flood residential areas, damage water barriers
ROP, Muscat Municipality have warned visitors against being adventurous
Super Cyclone Kyarr weakened into an extremely severe cyclone on Tuesday but its indirect effect continued to wreak havoc in many low-lying areas. High waves inundated fishermen’s sheds as well as residential neighbourhoods along Oman’s coasts.
The extreme weather conditions led the National Committee for Civil Defence and other authorities like the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) to take stock of the situation and issue alerts.
Municipalities of Muscat and Sharqiyah were busy reinforcing low-lying areas as well as water barriers on the seashores.
In Muscat, cleaning and reinforcing works are being undertaken in Muttrah and Seeb corniche areas after tidal surges damaged the water barriers, while the South Sharqiyah Municipality built a sand barrier to check sea water from reaching citizens’ houses in Ras al Hadd.
Some of the areas where water inundation were reported include Sohar Majis, Saham, Suwaiq, Barka, Jalaan Bani Bu Ali, Ras al Hadd, Quriyat and Muttrah.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department evening bulletin on Tuesday, the cyclone lay centred about 980km eastnortheast of Salalah and 460km east-southeast of Masirah. ‘It is likely to re-curve west-southwestwards from Wednesday, and move towards the Gulf of Aden off south Oman-Yemen coasts during subsequent three days. It is likely to weaken into a very severe cyclonic storm on October 30, and further into a severe cyclonic storm by October 31,’ it stated.
Met Oman stated that the rains, as an indirect effect of Kyarr, will be felt on the governorates of South Sharqiyah, Al Wusta, Dhofar and parts of the coast of the Sea of Oman, while active winds ranging from 25 to 40 knots and sea wave of 6-8m on the coast of the Arabian Sea and 3-3.5m in the Sea of Oman will be experienced.
‘Combination of high tide between 9 and 11pm (on Tuesday) and storm surge from Kyarr along the coastal areas of Sea of Oman (3-3.5m) and Arabian Sea (6-8m) may cause inundation in low-lying coastal areas,’ it stated.
The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has called on people living near the coastal areas and low-lying places, fishermen and seafarers to exercise caution. The ROP has said that the sub-committees of PACDA met to deal with the effects of cyclone in Al Wusta, Dhofar and South Sharqiyah.
Also, the Ministry of Health has said that it is ready to deal with any emergency in these three governorates.
High tides in the past two days due to the indirect impact of Super Cyclone Kyarr have caused damage to the protective sea walls of the Muttrah Corniche.
The Directorate General of Meteorology has warned that the high tides will continue for another two days. ‘We are studying this cyclone closely and the tides will stay in the Sea of Oman today [Tuesday] and tomorrow [Wednesday].’
The ROP and Muscat Municipality have asked people visiting Muttrah Corniche to exercise caution. An official with Muscat Municipality said, “We urge the public not to throng the walkway on the seaside of the Muttrah Corniche. High tides have brought down many barriers. Our workers are there 24x7 to clean the place.”
Tourists are pouring in despite the high tides. “Due to the high tides a lot of debris is being thrown with the water onto the land. These include grain size sand, shell fragments, trash left by visitors amongst others.”
Muscat Municipality has said the repair work of the protective walls will begin once the situation normalises. “The tides are so high that water is coming onto the streets. We have seen people visiting the corniche walkway to click pictures and take selfies with the high waves. It is not safe as there is a danger of slipping into the sea. Some barriers though not broken have been damaged. We are waiting for the tides to subside in order to start the repair work. Till then, people should exercise caution,” the official said.
An ROP official said, “We have not blocked the Muttrah Corniche till now. But, we are vigilant.
We have seen people thronging the place to capture pictures and videos for social media. We request people to keep away as these tides are nearly 3-4m high.
“The water that is coming from the sea is salty and can be harmful to the eyes.
“People might lose control and fall because of the force of the waves as the barriers are also broken.”
An inundated area in Barka, South Batinah