Tej brings heavy rains, disrupts traffic in Dhofar

Oman Tuesday 24/October/2023 20:03 PM
By: Times News Service
Tej brings heavy rains, disrupts traffic in Dhofar

Muscat: The tropical condition Tej that struck Yemen, not only brought heavy rains but also damaged roads, and disrupted power and communications networks.

Eng. Said Mohammed Tabuk, Director General of Roads and Land Transport in Dhofar Governorate, affirmed the reopening of most of the roads in the governorate that were affected by the tropical condition Tej. An exception was Argut-Ashikhart Road, which was kept closed lest it might develop debris due to persistent rains.

Tabuk told Oman News Agency (ONA) that the teams of the Directorate General of Roads and Land Transport in Dhofar carried out the restoration operations in cooperation with private sector companies.

Tabuk cautioned that some roads might be closed due to an observed rise in water levels due to flowing Wadis and continuous rains.  

However, there were no reports of human losses or drowning incidents as the government took preventive steps before the cyclone made landfall in the region.

The Wilayat of Rakhyut in Dhofar Governorate recorded the highest amount of rainfall with more than 200 mm from Sunday, October 22, till Tuesday, October 24 due to the tropical storm Tej.

According to the data showed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, the Wilayat of Rakhyut received 232 mm of rains, followed by the Wilayat of Dhalkut with 203 mm and the Wilayat of Salalah 56 mm.

Classes will continue to be suspended in all schools in the wilayats of Dhalkut, Rakhyut and some areas in Al-Mazyouna on Wednesday and Thursday, October 25-26,2023.

The storm that had been downgraded to depression is expected to fade away by Wednesday morning.

Oman News Agency (ONA), reported that the Directorate General of Education in Dhofar Governorate announces the continued suspension of studies in all schools (governmental and private) in the wilayats of Dhalkut and Rakhyut and the following schools in the Wilayat of Al-Mazyouna: (Al-Ahqaf), (Ibn Al-Dhahabi), (Harwib) and (Andat) on Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile the Military Subcommittee for Emergency Management continues holding its meetings in the Governorate of Dhofar.

The committee held a meeting under the chairmanship of Brigadier Abdulkadim Ibrahim Al Ajmi, Commander of Infantry Brigade (11) of the Royal Army of Oman.

They monitored latest developments and reviewed measures undertaken by the Sultan’s Armed Forces and other departments at the Ministry of Defence. 

 All the basic services sector is currently working to restore services in several wilayats of Dhofar Governorate affected by the tropical condition Tej.

Engineer Abdullah bin Mubarak Al Hashemi, Coordinator of the Basic Services Sector, said that the power has been restored in most of the wilayats of Dhofar Governorate.

He stated that the communications network in the states of Dhofar Governorate is operating normally, and 11 communications stations are currently being dealt within the states of Thumrait, Dhalkut, Rakhyut, the wilayats of Shalim, and the Halaniyat Islands, which were affected by the tropical condition Tej.

Meanwhile the Sultanate of Oman may be affected by an air depression for three days starting Thursday, October 26, 2023 till Saturday, October 28, 2023, said Oman Meteorology.

Oman Meteorology stated that there are chances that the atmosphere of the Sultanate will be affected by an air depression from October 26 to October 28, 2023. It is expected that clouds of varying height will flow over the northern governorates, with chances of scattered rain, activity of cumulus clouds over the Hajar Mountains and the adjacent areas, and the possibility of scattered rain, sometimes thunderstorms, accompanied by active downward winds.