Muscat – The Ministerial Committee appointed to assess damages resulting from cyclone Shaheen has announced that a joint engineering committee will be formed to re-engineer roads and develop technical specifications to suit tropical conditions.
The joint engineering committee will include the Engineering Services of Sultan’s Armed Forces and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.
H E Sultan bin Salim al Habsi, Minister of Finance and chairman of the Ministerial Committee, held a meeting on Monday to assess the damages resulting from the cyclone with officials from the governorates of North and South Batinah at the Royal Oman Police Station in the wilayat of Suwaiq.
The engineering committee will take into account the flow of wadis as well as review housing plans of the future in coordination with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning. ‘The focus will be on developing solutions and the need to establish protection dams and water drainage channels,’ the committee stated.
A statement issued by National Committee for Emergency Management (NCEM) said that telecommunications services affected by Shaheen in South Batinah governorate have been restored 100 per cent.
NCEM, in coordination with other public agencies, continues to work to restore basic services in all areas affected by the cyclone in South and North Batinah.
‘Work to restore power supply is continuing in North Batinah,’ it added. NCEM informed that a large number of licensed electricians are helping restore electrical lines in North Batinah with the support of the Engineering Services unit of the Ministry of Defence and volunteer teams.
Dhofar Municipality announced that it continues its efforts to support the clean-up drive in the wilayats of North Batinah. In a statement, Dhofar Municipality, said, ‘The municipality team, in coordination with the municipal departments of the wilayats of Khabourah and Suwaiq, is removing debris from residential neighbourhoods and public roads.
It is carrying out drainage work in waterlogged areas and also spraying insecticides.’
Muscat Municipality has also deployed field teams and a fleet of heavy vehicles and equipment to support relief work.
Aflaj and dams
H E Eng Ali Mohammed al Abri, Undersecretary for Water Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, visited dams and aflaj in Suwaiq, Khabourah and Saham to gauge the extent of damage caused by the cyclone to water resources and to follow-up with the team in charge of assessing damage in the wilayats.