Oman weather: Caution urged as Buraimi, Sohar and Musandam register heavy rain

Oman Sunday 03/January/2016 15:05 PM
By: Times News Service
Oman weather: Caution urged as Buraimi, Sohar and Musandam register heavy rain

Muscat: Heavy rain fell in Buraimi, Sohar and Musandam on Sunday, according to residents and weather enthusiasts.
“It rained in Musandam and surrounding areas in the morning. And in the afternoon, it rained in Buraimi and nearby areas. Later in the evening, it rained in Saham, Al Kabourah and Rustaq,” Bader Ali Al Baddaei administrator of , a local Web-based forum that discusses weather in Oman, told the Times of Oman.
“Sohar residents are reporting about moderate rains in different areas,” the administrator of, added.
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According to Oman’s meteorology department, thunderstorm is expected in Madha, Khassab, Dibba and Bukha .
The meteorology advisory also adds that rain fall accompanied by hails and thunderstorms are expected to continue for more two days and is likely to affect Muscat, North and South Al Batinah, Al Buraimi and Al Dahirah governorates.
Meanwhile, public authority of civil defense and ambulances (PACDA) uploaded a flood video to educate public on the dangers of crossing wadis during rain.
Safety experts also urged citizens to exercise caution on roads.
“We are again calling everybody not to risk their lives by driving through fast moving water,” a road safety expert said.
In the recent past, accidents and casualties have been frequent in Oman due to incautious vehicle drivers venturing into dare-devil driving on the slippery roads and while crossing overflowing wadis.
“Citizens and residents should drive slowly in the slippery roads and maintain a distance between two vehicles as they have to think for themselves, their family and their vehicle while driving in wet conditions,” he said.
According to the Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN), a low pressure system, brought on by a trough in atmospheric pressure over the Iran, is likely to bring in rains in different parts of the country for the next three days.
“It started from Musandam and then slowly cover areas like Musandam, South Batinah, Dhairah, Dakhiliyah, South and North of Sharqiyah, as well as the Muscat and Al Hajar Mountains,” a senior official of DGMAN said.
When asked about the measures being taken, a senior official of the Public Authority of Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) said that they always on alert.
“In case of emergency people could contact on phone number 9999,” an official said.