More rains expected in next 48 hours


A trailer and truck stuck in mud after rains in Muscat. Pic: ONA

Muscat: Some parts of the capital city, including Al Khuwair and Al Khoud, received moderate rains while other areas remained cloudy. Waterlogging on roads forced traffic to move at a snail's pace in several areas.

The Oman Meteorological Department said, "There are chances of rains accompanied by thundershowers in the next 48 hours. Hails and strong wind may accompany rains in the governorate of Muscat, Musandam, north and south Al Batinah, north and south Al Sharqiya, Al Buraimi and Al Dhahira. Other parts of the Sultanate may have clear or partly cloudy skies."

Izki in the governorate of Dhakilyah recorded the highest rainfall (48mm) in the country since the wet spell began on Friday.

Ibra in Sharqiyah governorate also recorded 42mm of rains, the second highest recorded during the current spell, followed by Quariyat in Muscat governorate 35mm.

In Batinah, Khaborah recorded 32mm and Rustaq recorded 20mm of rains. Light to heavy rains were reported in some wilayats of Dhahirah and North Sharqiyah governorates as well.

A ministerial committee headed by  Sheikh Saif  bin Mohammed Al Shabibi, Housing Minister, visited Saham in the governorate of North Al Batinah to assess the damage caused by rain. The committee assessed the damage caused in the villages by the overflowing of wadis.

Many vehicles and livestock were washed away while some houses were submerged. The committee members heard the grievances of the residents of Khuwiasah, Al Huwail and Al Hatheeb areas. With inputs from ONA

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