The Sultanate of Oman is located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, with a population of 4 million and an economy predominantly dependent on oil. The country is one of the most water scarce in the world and climate change is likely to worsen drought and desertification, threaten water security and disrupt agricultural production. Rising temperatures increase the risk of heat-related morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, the incidence and severity of natural disasters, such as the cyclones experienced in recent years, are expected to rise.
Muscat, Nov 2 (ONA) --- The Internal Committee for the Management of Adverse Climate Conditions headed by Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser al-Za’abi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) studied the latest developments and analysis of weather charts. Therefore, the Committee announced that there is no possibilities of any direct impact over the Sultanate from the tropical cyclone (Chapala) that passed over the Arabian Sea.
• ASHOBAA is moving west, towards the coast of the South Ash Sharqiyah governorate (pop. 260 000) of Oman. On 10 June, at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 250 km east of Sharkh and it had max. sustained winds of 101 km/h.
• It is forecast to approach the coast of South Ash Sharqiyah governorate in the afternoon of 11 June, with max. sustained winds of 90-100 km/h; then it will move inland, weakening.
The effect of the low pressure system continued yesterday causing moderate to heavy rains and overflowing of wadis. The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), confirming overnight thundery downpours forecast for last night in the governorates of Al Dhahira, Al Buraimi, Musandam, North Al Batinah, South Al Batinah, Muscat, Al Dakhiliyah, North Al Sharqiyah, South Al Sharqiyah, called on all to stay away from wadi basins and watch for the possible risk of thunder storms.
Ahmed bin Abdullah al Shuhi, Minister of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, yesterday visited the Wilayat of Shinas in North Al Batinah Governorate. The minister was accompanied by Hamad bin Sulaiman al Ghuraibi, Under-Secretary of Regional Municipalities and their visits included the villages of Humairaa and Sur Al Bulush to review the damage caused by the heavy rains in the past days.
The Sultanate has contributed $2 million to the Unesco’s Emergency Fund. Dr Samirah bint Mohammed al Moosa, the Sultanate’s Permanent Delegate to the Unesco, handed over a cheque of $2 million to Irina Bokova, Director-General of the Unesco. The amount is a contribution from the Sultanate’s Government to the Unesco’s Emergency Multi-Donor Fund.
This came during a signing ceremony attended by Dr Nassif Hitti, Permanent Observer of the Arab League to the Unesco and Zohour Alaoui, Permanent Delegate of Morocco to the Unesco, President of the Arab Group.
A major flood protection project will be constructed in Sur to prevent a repeat of the death and devastation caused by flood events of recent years, including the tropical storms of 2007 and 2010. Under plans drawn up by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, the flood protection scheme will comprise of a number of components at the heart of which is a new dam that will be constructed across Wadi Rafsah.
Oman’s Tsunami Early Warning System, decreed by His Majesty following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, is under development, and is likely to be operational only next year, says Dr Issa el Hussein, Director of the Earthquake Monitoring Centre of Sultan Qaboos University. Development of the system is being overseen by the Directorate-General of Meteorology and Air Navigation.
(Muscat/New York, 23 January 2012): Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, today made her first official visit to the Sultanate of Oman to further strengthen the Sultanate’s humanitarian partnership with OCHA.
“The relationship between Oman and OCHA has developed substantially in recent years, and OCHA attaches great importance to the increasing role of the Sultanate in regional and international humanitarian affairs,” Ms. Amos said.
03 Nov 2011 16:52 Source: Reuters // Reuters
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MUSCAT, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The death toll from a tropical storm that swept across Oman has risen to 14 with several bodies turning up in surging floodwaters, officials said on Thursday.
At least 200 people were injured in the cloudburst that lashed the largely desert sultanate on the eastern flanks of the Arabian Peninsula, a location that puts it in the path of seasonal monsoons or cyclones.
MUSCAT, June 6 (KUNA) -- Life is going back to normal in Oman after Tropical Cyclone Phet, as the country works hard to repair damage to the state's infrastructure like electricity, roads, and communications networks.
The National Civil Defense Committee announced last night that the death toll reached 16 dead and missing.
Meanwhile governmental and private sector employees headed to work Sunday morning after a one-day break during the cyclone's passing through the country.
Despite the difficult weather and climate conditions, the Sultanate of Oman suffered minimum damage, …
Schools in parts of Muscat Governorate have been doubling as shelter for Cyclone Phet evacuees in a co-ordinated relief effort mounted by a number of government ministries and agencies, with the support of volunteer groups. One such shelter for cyclone displaced people is the Imam Nasser al Kharusi School at Mawaleh.
Masirah Island, Sur faced the brunt of Phet's intensity * Muscat residents woke up to wet and windy conditions * Storm claims 2 lives, few treated in hospitals * Authorities rescue people trapped in wadis * Low-lying areas in Qurum, Ghubrah flooded * Water-logging made some roads impassable - By Observer Staff - MUSCAT - Vast swathes of northern Oman were battered by heavy rains, accompanied by gusting winds in the wake of Tropical Storm Phet's brush past the Sultanate's east coast yesterday.
The torrential downpour triggered strong wadi flows in many parts of the country, …
MUSCAT, June 5 (Reuters) - Cyclone Phet killed a total of 16 people in Oman on Friday and wounded dozens more, state television and medical staff said on Saturday.
State television reported 12 dead on Saturday and a hospital doctor in Muscat, who declined to be named, told Reuters a further two had been killed: 11 Omani nationals, two Bangladeshis and a Pakistani.
Two others were reported dead on Friday.
Cyclone Phet, despite weakening to a Category 1 storm, pummelled Oman's coastline on Friday.
- Oil production halted due to rough seas-PDO
* All LNG trains in Oman to be shut down-Oman LNG spokesman
* Phet forecast to hit Pakistan coast as tropical storm
(adds rough weather affecting UAE's Fujairah port, paragraph 9)
By Saleh al-Shaibany
MUSCAT, June 4 (Reuters) - Cyclone Phet, despite weakening to a Category 1 storm, pummelled Oman's coastline on Friday, killing two and halting the small oil-producing country's oil and gas production, officials and state media said.
Phet's first confirmed casualties were an Omani man who died trying …