Muscat – Electricity supply has been restored in over 90 per cent of areas affected by Cyclone Shaheen, according to the National Centre for Emergency Management (NCEM).
The centre has stated that electricity supply was restored in 98 per cent of the wilayat of Mussanah, 95 per cent of Saham, 85 per cent of Khabourah, and 36 per cent of Suwaiq.
NCEM confirmed that efforts are continuing to restore all utility services in the governorates of North and South Batinah.
In Suwaiq, where the electricity network was battered, authorities are doubling efforts to restore full service at the earliest. ‘Ninety-six per cent of fuel stations in the governorates of North and South Batinah are operational. The authorities are working to restore the remaining,’ NCEM stated.
It also stated that some electricity stations, including those in Al Habban, Habashi and Wadi Bani Omar in the wilayat of Sohar, will need longer to repair. The centre will provide accommodation to families affected by electricity outages until the three stations are restored.
NCEM can be reached on 26061102, 26061118 or 26061120 by those wishing to avail this facility.
Majan Electricity Company confirmed that its emergency and maintenance teams are working around the clock to restore supply to subscribers.
Oman Water & Wastewater Services Company stated that 100 per cent water services have been restored in North and South Batinah.
About the telecommunications sector in the worst-hit wilayats of Khabourah, Suwaiq and Saham, Omar bin Hamdan al Ismaili, CEO of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), said, “The authority is using temporary generators, in addition to establishing a group of alternative communication stations, until the damaged stations are repaired.”
The authority has restarted more than 50 per cent of the 660 telecommunications stations affected by the cyclone in sultanate, most of which are in North Batinah.
“We are working to restore at least 70 per cent of all communications services within 48 hours in the affected wilayats. There are more than 60 teams working to restore services as soon as possible,” said Ismaili.
On October 6, Ismaili made a field visit to some affected wilayats in North and South Batinah, accompanied by senior officials of telecom companies, to assess the extent of the damage caused by Shaheen.