Cyclone Shaheen: CDAA rescues 50 people, many areas flooded

Oman Sunday 03/October/2021 07:57 AM
By: Times News Service
Cyclone Shaheen: CDAA rescues 50 people, many areas flooded

Muscat: More than 50 people have been rescued by Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) as a result of the direct impact of the tropical cyclone Shaheen.

"Rescue teams responded to nine reports about people being stranded in their vehicles in the Governorate of Muscat as a result of heavy rains, and they managed to rescue 25 people, all of whom are in good health," the Authority said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Authority said: "Rescue teams in the Governorate of Muscat dealt with 13 reports of people being stranded in homes in the Wilayat of Muscat and the Wilayat of Muttrah, due to the high water level as a result of the tropical condition Shaheen. The teams managed to rescue 30 people who are in good health."

"Currently, heavy rains of varying intensity are falling on the Governorate of Muscat and parts of the Governorates of South Al Batinah and Al Dakhiliyah, with the approach of tropical cyclone Shaheen towards the coasts of the North Al Batinah Governorate," Oman Meteorology said in a statement.

"The water level has risen in the Al Zahia area in the Wilayat of Muttrah where citizens and residents were directed to climb to the top of their homes," Oman News Agency (ONA) said.

"Rescue teams of the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority managed to rescue seven people due to rainwater entering their house in the Wilayat of Muttrah. They are in good health," ONA said in a statement.

ONA said in another statement that traffic is cut off on Sultan Qaboos Road: Ministries District and opposite Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Road. Road users should take caution and use alternative paths.

"The National Committee for Emergency Management announces a break in the transmission line (1600) feeding Seeb tanks from Barka and the fluctuation of the feeding stations in Barka. Seeb tanks will be fed from the Al Ghubra pumping station," ONA confirmed.

The committee assures the beneficiaries that the quantities of produced water are sufficient to cover the current consumption, calling for rationalisation in water consumption.