Muscat – Local support groups and volunteer teams are rallying efforts and raising funds to build back the broken lives of the residents of North and South Batinah. Contributions in cash and kind, as well as labour, have been extended to people affected by the severe cyclonic storm Shaheen in areas across Khabourah, Suwaiq and Mussanah.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Adel al Ghilani from the wilayat of Sur, South Sharqiyah, informed that he is one of 28 volunteers of the Sur Zakat Committee. “We have organised four trucks to carry food, water, blankets and essentials to help the people of the three most affected wilayats.”
Sur Zakat Committee’s volunteers are also cleaning up debris from affected areas in the wilayats. “We must help our brothers. We are people of one nation,” Ghilani said.
Habib al Subhi, who visited his relatives in Suwaiq, Khabourah and Saham, said, “The truth is that the situation cannot be described. One of my relatives lost all of his sheep and cows – around 130 heads of livestock. The animals drowned to death in his farm where he also grew grass and vegetables.”
The Mudhaibi Charity Team has launched an initiative called ‘Believers are Brothers’ to help the people of Batinah. According to Issa al Hashimi, a member of the team, it has collected money and is organising trucks carrying foodstuff, blankets and other essentials to reach the people of Batinah. “We urge people to donate to help families in these areas so that life returns to normalcy.”
The Bidiyah Charitable Team has launched an initiative to collect funds and aid to support flood victims in Batinah. “We are more than 150 volunteers and are setting up a camp for five days in Batinah to provide aid to the people and participate in clean-up efforts. I plead with everyone to participate and support the affected people,” said Mohammed Rashid al Hajari of the Bidiyah Charitable Team.
In Muscat, sports and adventure groups are joining the relief efforts. The Muscat Hiking Team launched initiatives to clean up affected areas in the city in the presence of Hon Lujaina Mohsin Darwish, member of the State Council.
On October 3, more than 70 volunteers of Muscat Hiking Team helped clean up Muttrah Corniche and the Sidab area, Mohammed Alawi, chairman of the hiking club, informed.
“On October 5, our volunteers cleaned Al Hail North Beach, removing waste and trees that were uprooted by Shaheen. In the coming days, the team will go to wilayats in Batinah to help people there.”
Oman Charitable Organization, in cooperation with civil authorities, is delivering emergency relief aid in the governorates of South and North Batinah, according to an official.
“The organisation urges people to donate to those affected through www.donate.om, National Bank of Oman (A/C no 1049337798005), Bank Muscat (A/C no 0423010706280016) or Bank Dhofar (A/C no 01040609090001).”
The Undersecretary in the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs and Undersecretary in the Ministry of Social Development held a joint meeting to coordinate work between zakat committees, social development committees and voluntary teams that are engaged in extending relief to Shaheen victims.