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5 Oct 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Royal Army of Oman, Royal Air Force of Oman have deployed thousands of personnel in Batinah

Muscat – The Ministry of Defence, represented by Royal Army of Oman (RAO) and Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), has deployed thousands of personnel as well as equipment in the service of the people in North and South Batinah governorates affected by cyclone Shaheen.

Vice Admiral Abdullah Khamis al Ra’eesi, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), and Maj Gen Matar bin Salim bin Rashid al Bulushi, Commander of Royal Army of Oman, visited the military units deployed in South Batinah and North Batinah on Tuesday.

Vice Admiral Ra’eesi praised the efforts made by SAF to provide all means of support in search, rescue and relief operations, while Maj Gen Bulushi urged everyone to provide all efforts and capabilities to jointly work with other government agencies in order to restore the situation at the earliest.

RAO is working tirelessly to provide potable water to citizens and residents in the wilayats of Suwaiq and Khabourah in North Batinah.
It is also helping in salvaging and transferring citizens’ cars affected by the cyclone in North Batinah governorate to safe places.

RAO confirmed its cooperation with other government institutions to deal with the impact of the tropical situation that some of the governorates were exposed to.

The Engineering Services of the Ministry of Defence is also continuously supporting the civic authorities in cleaning, and re-opening and paving the roads in the wilayats of Saham, Khabourah and Suwaiq.

Helicopters of RAFO, in cooperation with the Royal Guard of Oman, are also operating a number of flights to assist in relief operations and to provide logistical support to rescue teams of the National Civil Defence Committee in the wilayats of Suwaiq, Khabourah and Saham. RAFO also dispatched a group of technicians to repair a number of communication stations in North Batinah governorate.

Meanwhile, H E Eng Hamad bin Ali bin Sulaiman al Nazwani, Undersecretary for Housing, in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, and other officials conducted a field visit to the wilayats of the governorates of Muscat, North Batinah and South Batinah, to assess damages to citizens’ homes and properties.

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