Muscat: Heavy to moderate rain fell over most parts of Oman from Thursday to Friday, leading to flowing wadis and plenty of stagnant water bodies, with Bausher in Muscat receiving the maximum amount of rainfall.
A statement issued by the Directorate of Meteorology at Oman’s Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) said, “The latest aerial photograph showed the prevalence and intensity of clouds on Al Hajar Mountains and the surrounding areas, and on the coasts of the Sea of Oman, in addition to parts of the Dhofar governorate with chances of separate rain of varying degrees of heaviness.”
“The clouds were spread over the governorates of Muscat, South Al Batinah, Al Dhahirah, South Sharqiyah, Dhofar and parts of Al Dakhliyah with chances of rains,” PACA added.
The Ministry of Municipalities and Water Resources has published a rainfall report featuring a number of Wilayats of the Sultanate, which recorded rainfall from December 19 to 8am on December 20, 2019. Bausher Station in the Governorate of Muscat recorded the highest of the amount of water, which reached 46mm.”
This was followed by Muttrah, which recorded 35mm, followed by Samail and Wadi Al Ma’awal, then came Muscat, where the amount of water reached 30mm, and Al Amerat station, where rainfall received reached 27mm. Saham station recorded the lowest amount of rainfall, amounting to 3mm,” the Ministry added.
During the rains, Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) managed to save two people in the Dakhiliyah Governorate on Thursday night. A statement issued by the organisation said, “Rescue teams in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate managed to save two people after their vehicle got stuck in Wadi Al Houb stream in Samail, and they are in good health.”
The Royal Oman Police also urged citizens and residents to take extra caution while driving, after heavy rain lashing many parts of the country closed the Al Qabat – Amerat – Bausher road. The alternate route from Amerat to Wadi Adai was then used by motorists.
Many parts of Oman received heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday. PACA said in this matter, “The activity and passage of rain clouds on the coasts of the Sea of Oman (Musandam, North and South Al Batinah, Muscat), and over the Hajar Mountains of Al Buraimi, Dhahirah, Al Dakhiliyah, and South Al Batinah presented individual opportunities for rains over these areas.”
Thunderstorms continued to take place on Thursday in the Wilayats of North Al Batinah, including areas such as Shinas, Liwa, Sohar, Saham, Al Khaboura and Al Suwaiq.
Heavy thundershowers were also experienced in the Wilayats of South Al Batinah, such as Barka, Al Rustaq, Nakhal and Wadi Al Ma’awal. It also rained in Ibri and Yanqul in the Dhahirah Governorate, and in the Al Dakhiliyah Governorate and the Muscat Governorate.