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Heavy rain in Salalah due to tropical depression; 1 dead, 3 missing, hospital evacuated

Anas YassinUpdated: Saturday May 30, 2020

Image : Oman Observer

Manama: Tropical depression is moving farther Oman inland on Friday evening, bringing heavy rainfall to the Dhofar Governorate.

One person killed and at least three others went missing as heavy rain lashed Salalah, the capital of Dhofar governorate, police said.

According to the latest information provided by the Royal Oman Police and Civil Defence, two people drowned in the Ain Razat region and one body was found. The search for the other person is underway.

In another incident, two people went missing Ain Arzat region due to heavy rain. The Civil Defence rescue team saved five people who stranded at Ain Arzat region. The search for the missing people is underway, Civil Defence said.

Many law land areas in Salalah was flooded after downpour led to flash flood. The heavy rain was accompanied by strong wind and thunderstorms. Many vehicles parked were submerged and some of them stranded in wadis (flash floods). The police and Civil Defence officers rescued people who trapped in the vehicles.

According to the meteorological department, continuous 100-200mm heavy rain is expected in the next 24-hours associated with strong winds. Sea conditions will be rough along with governorates of Dhofar 4-5 metres and Al Wusta 3 metres.

Meanwhile, Omani authorities have evacuated the Sadh Hospital in Dhofar due to the approaching tropical depression. All equipment and medical supplies were transferred to safe places, Oman TV reported.

As of 3 pm Friday, centre of the tropical depression is located about 100 km south of the coastal of Salalah. The storm is moving south at 28.76 mph.

Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) has issued alert number one on the tropical situation in the Arabian Sea. The tropical depression is expected to move towards the coast of Dhofar with the capacity to intensify further and cross the coast in the coming hours, PACA said.

The tropical depression located south of coastal areas of Dhofar governorate at longitude 54.5E with estimated surface wind speed around the centre between 17 and 25 knots, PACA said in its alert.

The PACA has urged the public to take vigil during thunderstorm, shun low areas, not to risk crossing wadis and not head out to the sea