Rain lashes parts of Oman; 18 rescued from homes
Rain lashed several parts of Oman on Wednesday morning leading to failure of traffic signals and flooding of low-lying areas. Eighteen people were rescued after their homes were flooded in Mawaleh, Seeb.
‘Heavy rainfall was also reported in several parts of coastal areas of the Sea of Oman, the Governorate of Muscat and the coastal areas of South Sharqiyah (Ras al Hadd),’ the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) said.
PACA said that northeastern winds will continue to affect the coasts of the Sea of Oman and the South Sharqiyah governorate. ‘Sea waves are expected to rise to 3m over the next 24 hours.’ The rains accompanied by northeasterly winds brought the mercury down several notches with Muscat witnessing day-time temperature of 14°C.
Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar continue to experience freezing temperatures with Jebel Shams witnessing a minimum of -4°C on Wednesday.
The measurement stations of PACA recorded the highest rainfall in Muscat at 42.8mm, followed by 31.2mm in Seeb, 24.6mm in Khasab, 22.4mm in Bukha, 9.6mm in Liwa, 7mm in Sohar, 4.6mm in Amerat, 4mm in Madha and 1.4mm in Dibba.
PACA said that sporadic rains will continue on the coasts of the Sea of Oman and Al Hajar Mountains with snowfall in high mountainous areas. ‘There will be a noticeable fall in temperature till Saturday.’
The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) urged people to be safe and refrain from venturing into wadis.
‘In case of any emergency or accident, contact us at 9999 or 24343666,’ PACDA said.
One injured in vehicle collision
One motorist has been injured in a collision between two vehicles in Halban area in Ma’abela.
The ROP said that one of the vehicles fell from Halban Bridge leading to the injury.