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Oman weather: Officials geared up to meet any situation



Muscat: A joint meeting was held at the Public Authority for Radio and Television (PART) on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Dr Abdullah bin Nasser Al Harrasi, PART Chairman to discuss the tropical weather conditions over the Sultanate in the coming days.

A number of officials from the National Committee for Civil Defence (NCCD) and the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) took part in the meeting.

The officials discussed different aspects related to the tropical condition in terms of predictions, expected influence, preparations in the wake of tropical condition approaching the Sultanate's coasts and its direct and indirect impacts.

The Public Authority for Civil Aviation specialists pointed out that the tropical storm is expected to deepen further during the next 48 hours.

During the meeting, Major Faisal bin Salim Al Hajri, Director of the NCCD Executive Office affirmed that the Sultanate has benefited from the past experiences.

Well-organised
He added that national system for emergencies management is well-organised and prepared to deal with such weather conditions.

Meanwhile, Haitham Khalfan Al Akhzami, director of food monitoring in the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, said that the Sultanate is fully prepared and has sufficient stocks to meet any eventuality while reacting to apprehensions expressed by the people.

Talking to Times of Oman, he said the country has sufficient reserves of food for any emergency. There was no need to panic about the weather conditions or consequences thereof, he added.

Medicos ready for challenge
Omani hospitals also appeared to be fully geared up to meet any challenges arising out of adverse weather conditions that may need immediate medical attention.

Adil Fazari, senior supervisor of laboratory staff at the Khaula Hospital, said that the hospital always remains ready to face any emergencies. "In terms of medical supplies, almost all the government hospitals are well equipped," he said. Medical and paramedical staff of the hospital is also well prepared to meet any such requirements.

However, it is too early to apprehend any major problem due the developing weather conditions, he added.

Once the threat appears to be real, the concerned authorities would alert the people and services sector well in advance.

In the meantime, Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources has announced that it was emptying the Wadi Dhaiqa dam of the water due to the tropic conditions developing in the Arabian Sea

With inputs from ONA

To get in touch with the reporter: faiz@timesofoman.com

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