Heavy rain in east­ern Dho­far as LUBAN NEARS SALALAH

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SALALAH, OCT 13

Trop­i­cal storm Luban un­leashed heavy rains in the east­ern parts of Dho­far on Satur­day.

Sources in the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion (PACA) said that Luban, which has been down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm, was some 160150 km from Salalah (at the time of re­port­ing). While pass­ing through the city on way to Ye­men, it is likely to cause heavy rain­fall and strong winds.

Satel­lite im­ages sug­gest Luban would in­di­rectly af­fect some parts of Dho­far and Al Wusta.

The east­ern parts of Dho­far such as Hasik, Shuwaymiyah, Halaniyat and Sadah re­ceived heavy rains be­cause of the storm’s move­ment from east to west. Thick clouds were seen in Taqah and Salalah city with scat­tered rains in some places. In all like­li­hood, Salalah and its ad­join­ing ar­eas would re­ceive heavy rains on Satur­day night and Sun­day morn­ing.

Heavy rains caused land­slides on the coastal road near Hasik.

Sub­se­quently, the coastal road be­tween Hasik and Shuwaymiyah was closed for some time. Now it is ac­ces­si­ble only by four-wheel drive ve­hi­cles. The Royal Oman Po­lice (ROP) has asked mo­torists to ex­er­cise cau­tion while driv­ing on the road.

An­other road, Tawee Ateer to Mir­bat, has also been closed keep­ing in mind the pub­lic safety and likely heavy rain in the area.

Mean­while, air traf­fic at Salalah Air­port was nor­mal, ac­cord­ing to PACA. PACA has urged peo­ple to take pre­cau­tions and avoid low ly­ing ar­eas in view of the like­li­hood of heavy rains and ac­com­pa­ny­ing strong winds.

“Rely on in­for­ma­tion only from of­fi­cial sources and not those spread through ru­mours,” said the au­thor­i­ties.

Mo­hammed Mahjoub

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