Rescue crews on alert as parts of Oman see rainfall
February 25, 2018 | 10:22 PM
by Times News Service
PACDA teams are on alert as rain, occasional thundershowers, wind and hail are expected over the Musandam governorate, and gradually, may extend to some other governorates including Muscat. Photo-Supplied

Muscat: Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) was on alert after parts of the Sultanate received rainfall on Sunday.

It was announced on the official Twitter handle of PACDA that teams had been preparing since the rain was forecast.

Read here: Rain forecast for parts of Oman

“With the expectation that the Sultanate will be affected by low pressure and rains, @PACDAOMAN teams have been deployed at locations close to wadis and the coast. Sensitive locations are being guarded carefully,” PACDA's tweet read.

Parts of northern Oman were the first to receive showers. Residents of Musandam experienced rainfall on Sunday. Dibba, Bukha, Buraimi, and Madha were also hit by showers, while parts of the neighbouring UAE also received rainfall.

Video: Rain falls in Musandam

The official Twitter account of Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) stated that rain had been forecast in the northern governorates of Oman on Sunday and sporadic showers were expected later in the week as well.

“Clouds can be spotted over large parts of the northern governorates of the Sultanate with chances of sporadic rain,” PACA tweeted.

It had initially said that rain was expected in Oman for a few days, starting Saturday.

“The latest weather analysis in the National Multi Hazard early warning centre shows that the Sultanate will be affected by a trough of low pressure, starting Saturday, February 24, 2018, and it will go on for the next few days,” a PACA advisory read. It said showers were likely in the northern parts of the Sultanate, such as Musandam, with rain making its way to the south later.

“Isolated rain, occasional thundershowers associated with wind and hail are expected over the governorate of Musandam, and gradually, may extend to the governorates of North and South Al Batinah, Muscat, Al Buraimi, Al Dhahira, Al Dhakhlia, North Al Sharqiyah and South Al Sharqiyah,” PACA added.

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