Muscat – Massive relief efforts are continuing across the cyclone-affected areas in North and South Batinah with authorities working around the clock to provide essential items and restore services.
Dr Abdul Rahman al Shehhi, director general of Social Development in North and South Batinah governorates, said the quantity of supplies was increased on Wednesday compared to the previous two days.
He added, “We have provided aid to around 90 per cent of affected areas. More than 20 flights, operated in cooperation with the Sultan’s Special Forces, have supplied essential items. We are cooperating with various parties to continue providing food supplies.”
The Sultan’s Special Forces is transporting foodstuff to the residents of the wilayat of Suwaiq. The move is aimed at providing support along with the other government departments in the aftermath of the cyclone.
The Royal Air Force of Oman, supported by the Royal Army of Oman and Oman Charitable Organization, also continued transporting foodstuff to people affected in North Batinah on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, H E Said bin Hamoud al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, and officials visited a number of sites and roads that were affected by the cyclone.
Abdullah bin Mohammed al Hadabi, director general of the General Directorate of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources in North Batinah, also made a field visit to the wilayats of Suwaiq and Khabourah to inspect damages.
‘The visit aimed to ascertain loss of farmers, fishermen and livestock breeders, and to make all efforts on the part of the directorate to limit losses,’ the directorate stated.
The Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs said it has formed a committee to find out the damages caused to mosques due to the adverse climatic condition in North and South Batinah, especially in the wilayat of Suwaiq.