Muscat – His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik delivered a Royal speech on Monday reading as follows:
Our dear homeland, particularly in the governorates of North Batinah and South Batinah, has undergone major climatic conditions that claimed the lives of some citizens and residents. The adverse climatic conditions also caused immense material losses to citizens’ properties and infrastructure.
Right from start of the tropical condition, we were keen to follow up on all that happened, moment by moment, while our hearts turned to the Almighty Allah with pleadings and supplications to safeguard Oman and protect its citizens and residents against any harm.
A national patriotic epic unfolded as Omani people exhibited splendid forms of solidarity, collaboration and patience. This will forever remain testimony to the strength of this nation and its ability to stand the test of time in facing adverse conditions and unfavourable circumstances. This is an everlasting reflection of the sacrifices made by this nation over the ages.
While we condole with the families of citizens and residents who lost near and dear one during this tropical condition, we pray to the Almighty Allah to have mercy on the deceased’s souls and rest them in peace. We also offer praise to the Almighty for granting safety to the citizens of Oman, who embodied values of selflessness and solidarity, and collaboration and cooperation while supporting the national efforts exerted by the departments concerned in facilitating the life of citizens.
In the meantime, we reaffirm that, in this stage, it is our top priority to work for the restoration of normalcy to public life and provide basic needs to the stricken ones.
We will also accord our attention to the restoration of damaged infrastructure. The departments concerned have already began accomplishing this objective. All government departments have to work together as one unit whose segments cooperate and complement each other to perform their duties and responsibilities in the best possible manner. They have to speed up actions to serve citizens in every part of the country. The Council of Ministers has to ensure the achievement of this goal.
The Ministerial Committee tasked with assessing the damage caused to citizens’ homes and properties has to deliver assistance as soon as possible. The government departments concerned have to facilitate the mission of the committee and cooperate with it. The Ministerial Committee will come under our direct supervision, and we will follow up on the progress of its tasks and operations.
To expedite recovery following the tropical condition and to alleviate the losses of affected citizens, we have decreed the establishment of a National Fund for Emergencies to tackle the aftermath of this tropical condition and similar natural disasters that may occur, God forbid.
From this podium, we would like to thank our brethren and friends – leaders of sisterly and friendly states – who showed solidarity by contacting us and conveying their sympathy. We pray to the Almighty Allah to spare them any harm or calamity.
We would also like to express our appreciation for all government and private establishments and individuals who played commendable roles in managing this crisis. We thank them for their prompt response in handling the situation. In particular, we note the performance of the National Committee for Emergency Management, our valiant armed forces, Royal Oman Police, the security services, citizens and residents, the Shelter and Relief Sector, support services, private sector firms, non-governmental organisations and volunteer teams who all set excellent examples of citizenship.
May the Almighty Allah protect Oman and its people!”