Kyarr: Tidal waves flood res­i­den­tial ar­eas, dam­age wa­ter bar­ri­ers

ROP, Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity have warned vis­i­tors against be­ing ad­ven­tur­ous

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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.”

(Source: PACA)

(Source: Rathath Weather)

An in­un­dated area in Barka, South Bati­nah

(C B Santosh/Mus­cat Daily)

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