Muscat – Royal Oman Police evacuated 25 citizens in North Sharqiyah after heavy rains caused flooding in parts of the governorate.
Moderate to heavy rains lashed several governorates in the past three days, according to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
‘A number of wadis overflowed. There are still low clouds and fog spread over parts of the sultanate,’ CAA said in a statement.
Teams from ROP were called in to evacuate 25 citizens from the Suqah area of Jabal Asswd to Ismaia in the wilayat of Dima Wa al Tain in North Sharqiyah due to overflowing wadis.
Rains caused by a low-pressure trough are likely to continue to affect the country’s weather till the weekend.
On Tuesday evening, rains of varying intensity were reported from the wilayats of Ibra, Mudhaibi and Sinaw in North Sharqiyah, accompanied by hail in some villages.
In Nizwa in Dakhliyah, a wadi in spate swept away several cars, while heavy rains were reported in Amerat in Muscat, leading to overflowing wadis in the wilayat. The wilayats of Duqm and Mahut also reported light to moderate rains.
According to the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA), tornadoes accompanying thunderclouds were monitored in the wilayat of Jaalan Bani Bu Ali in South Sharqiyah during the Eid al Fitr holiday.
74mm rainfall in Wadi Bani Khalid
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR), Wadi Bani Khalid – one of the sultanate’s most popular tourist destinations – recorded the highest rainfall of 74mm since Saturday.
Data collected from the rain monitoring stations of MAFWR from Saturday till Monday 9pm showed that Jaalan Bani Bu Ali and Al Qabel received 73mm rainfall, followed by Al Kamil Wa al Wafi (68mm) and Ibra (40mm).
The data showed 34mm of rains in Bidiyah during the same period, 28mm in Amerat, 22mm in Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan, 15mm in Dima wa al Taiyen and 9mm in Sur.
Rains led to the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Sur announcing implementation of remote learning on Tuesday due to thunderstorms that the wilayat witnessed. ‘Classes and examinations will resume on Wednesday,’ it had stated on Monday.