Muscat: Rain has claimed its first victim as rescuers recovered the body of a person who was caught in an overflowing wadi in Rustaq on Monday evening.
“The body of a person who was caught in the overflowing Wadi Falaj Al Hadith has been recovered by the rescue team,” Public Authority of Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) tweeted on its official twitter handle.
The Ministry of Education has called upon parents to follow updates from the directorate general of areas in which their children’s schools exist before sending them.
The ministry calls on everyone to be alert to the instructions
given by the authorities concerned for public safety.
Four people trapped in their car in Wadi Seeh Al Afiyah in Ibra were rescued by PACDA personnel. One was injured in the incident.
Saeed Al Sarmi, the Head of the Research Centre from Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) told the Times of Oman, that heavy rain fell in Tanuf, Bahla, Rustaq, Buraimi, Ibra, Bidbid, Samail and Al Khoud resulting in the overflowing of wadis.
National Committee for Civil Defence tweeted that traffic was disrupted on Ibri-Rustaq road due to overflowing wadi.
The PACA official said late in the evening that Muscat will witness heavy rain until Tuesday morning and after a short break, heavy rain will return on Wednesday afternoon.
“It will continue till Thursday,” Saeed added.
Meanwhile, weather enthusiast Bader Ali Al Baddaei, an administrator of www.rthmc.net, a local Web-based forum that discusses weather in Oman, said that heavy rain fell in Samail, Barka, Quriyat, Amerat and other areas in Muscat.
Meanwhile, PACDA, in a tweet on its official twitter handle advised the public to be cautious.
“Rescue teams are on alert,” the PACDA tweeted.
According to meteorologists at Accuweather.com, a series of disturbances tracking across the Middle East this week will spark heavy thunderstorms, threatening to bring flash flooding
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“Locally heavy thunderstorms will develop during the next few days, causing normally dry rivers to swell with water and some roads to become impassable. The greatest threat for flooding will stretch from eastern UAE and northern Oman into southeastern Iran,” the meteorologists said.
The meteorologists added that cities in northern Oman such as Muscat and Sohar will see the greatest risk for flash flooding this week as thunderstorms develop across the mountains just to
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“Low pressure passing across Iran from Tuesday into Wednesday will cause an increase in thunderstorms on these days, bringing the greatest threat for flooding,” the meteorologists said.
According to Accuweather.com, the weather will improve across the southeast Arabian Peninsula on Friday with nothing more than an isolated shower or thunderstorm. Dry weather will follow on Saturday and Sunday.