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Six missing, hundreds rescued

6 Oct 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Of the six, four are from North Batinah and one each from South Batinah and Muscat

Muscat – Six people continue to be missing, while three were found on Wednesday in good health, according to a Royal Oman Police official.

The official added that search operations are underway for the six, four of who are from the wilayat of Khabourah in North Batinah governorate, one from South Batinah and one from Muscat.

On Wednesday, the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) confirmed that its search and rescue teams received 410 incident reports following the effects of the tropical situation created by Shaheen in the governorates of Muscat, North Batinah, South Batinah, Dakhliyah, Dhahirah, and North Sharqiyah.

As part of its mission, CDAA teams responded to a variety of reports and humanitarian calls, including 221 of stranded people, submerged homes and cars caught in overflowing wadis. Medical emergency response teams handled 73 reports, while firefighting squads tackled 89 fire incidents.

Other teams dealt with landslides (six), fallen or uprooted trees (three), hazardous leak (one) and 17 other reports.A total of 607 people received the services of CDAA, supported by personnel of the National Committee for Emergency Management. NCEM responded to 231 distress calls and rescued 654 people, including 57 stranded in wadis, 66 trapped in vehicles and 91 from homes inundated with water.

As part of its rescue efforts, the Royal Oman Police Aviation conducted 138 operations, evacuating and airlifting Shaheen victims, in addition to carrying out aerial surveillance of affected areas. The ROP operations centre received more than 36,000 distress calls.

NCEM activated a provisional operations centre in Suwaiq with the aim of restoring basic services and repairing damaged homes of citizens and residents.

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