Heavy rains in Dho­far as storm ap­proaches

Oman Daily Observer - - IN IDEO­MAN S -

As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has de­cided to close all schools in the gov­er­norate in the wake of un­sta­ble weather con­di­tions. Salalah Col­lege of Ap­plied Sci­ences also took a sim­i­lar de­ci­sion. It may re­open on Mon­day.

Shaikh al Mun­dar bin Ahmed al Marhoon, Wali of Sadah, said heavy rains are a cause of con­cern, but ev­ery­thing has been smooth so far.

Com­ment­ing on the prepa­ra­tions to face Luban, Al Marhoon said: “We have been meet­ing with all the gov­ern­ment units. All teams are ready to face the sit­u­a­tion. So far, ev­ery­thing is un­der con­trol. This morn­ing, we went to var­i­ous ar­eas to look at the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and emer­gency team mem­bers are at re­spec­tive sites.”

He said some peo­ple from low ly­ing ar­eas have been evac­u­ated. Schools, which have been con­verted into shel­ter homes, are ready to re­ceive them.

“We have many lo­ca­tions to ac­com­mo­date the evac­uees,” he said.

The Pub­lic Author­ity for Civil De­fence and Am­bu­lance (PACDA) en­sured evac­u­a­tion of 300 peo­ple and shifted them to shel­ter homes lo­cated in the Dho­far Gov­er­norate. Among the evac­uees are 102 from low ly­ing ar­eas near Mir­bat beach and 205 work­ers in Hasik.

The Civil De­fence per­son­nel are fully equipped to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion. They have been pro­vided with all pos­si­ble res­cue equip­ment and de­ployed at strate­gic lo­ca­tions.

The Dho­far Power Com­pany cau­tioned peo­ple not to ap­proach elec­tric columns and trans­form­ers at places where there is wa­ter log­ging to avoid elec­tro­cu­tion and short cir­cuit. It has cir­cu­lated the emer­gency num­bers through tele­com providers.

Luban is likely to pass the Dho­far Gov­er­norate late on Mon­day or Tues­day morn­ing. It will im­pact western parts of the gov­er­norate such as Rakhy­out and Dhalk­out.

Dhalk­out has been re­ceiv­ing light rain since Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

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