The fourth seminar on “Tropical Cyclones and Flash Floods; Ten Years after Gonu and Phet: The Learned Lessons,” started at the Diplomatic Club on Monday. The seminar is organised by Oman Water Society to discuss the impact of these natural phenomena and development of early disaster risk management systems. The opening ceremony was presided over by Sayyid Saud bin Hilal al Busaidy, Minister of State and Governor of Muscat, in the presence of a number of ministers.
Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour al Hasani, Minister of Information, on Wednesday met editors-in-chief of local newspapers and DGs of the private radio and TV stations. During the meeting, the minister praised the print, audio, visual and electronic media for facing challenges during the coverages of Cyclone Mekunu that hit the governorates of Dhofar and Al Wusta. He appreciated the role of journalists, especially those who have been in the field, and praised the role played by the media in providing accurate information.
The State Council Bureau held its eleventh meeting for the third annual session on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, Chairman of the State Council, in the presence of the Bureau members and the Secretary-General of the Council. The Bureau on Tuesday also discussed the proposal on ‘Challenges of handicrafts and ways to address them’ and commended national cohesion during cyclone Mekunu in Dhofar Governorate.
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.
The Sultanate of Oman has sent humanitarian aid to for the drought-hit people of Djibouti. The aid items included 42 tonnes of medicines, two ambulances, 20 tonnes of medical equipments, including X-rays, ultrasound and ECG machines among other things. Omani authorities have had discussion with Djibouti officials about the needs of their people and Omani aid is designed to address Djibouti requirements, Ali Ibrahim Shenoon al Raisi, Executive Chairman, Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO), told the Observer. Children are particularly vulnerable to the impact of the drought.
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.
The Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) yesterday dispatched a private ship with Omani aid onboard for the displaced and famine-hit people in Somalia. The ship is carrying aid amounted to more than 1,000 tonnes of medicines, medical equipment, food stuff and shelter materials for the Somalis displaced from famine in the north of the country.
The Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) announced that the Omani relief team has completed the task of distributing five batches of aid meant for the Libyan people. A source at the OCO stated that the team distributed the fifth batch of aid last Thursday and Friday. This included medical equipment and devices, medicines and computers to serve hospitals and health centres in the northern cities, including the capital Tripoli.
The Omani Relief Team yesterday distributed the fourth batch of Omani aid to the Libyan people in Al Jabal al Gharbi area. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) said that 22 trucks with 390 tonnes of medicines, medical devices and supplies, foodstuff and special aids to schools has entered Libya. The source affirmed that the Omani aid to Libyans will continue till the end of this year. The Sultanate is always at the forefront of humanitarian and charitable activities.
As per the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Omani Charitable Organisation (OCO) will start from today dispatching Omani relief aid to those affected in Somalia through an air strip.
The first and second flights will head for Mogadishu International Airport at 8 am with 90 tonnes of foodstuff, medicines and tents.
Chief Executive Officer of OCO said the first consignment, 720 tonnes, includes medical supplies and equipment, foodstuffs, relief materials and tents.
The relief team of Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) continues transporting and delivering Omani relief assistance to the displaced people in Abyan province of Yemen for the third day running yesterday. So far, three consignments of Omani relief materials left for Aden.
An Omani team there will undertake their distribution. More cargo flights are expected to take off to Aden today and tomorrow.
The relief aid consists of medicines, medical equipment, foodstuff and other items weighing 1,050 tonnes and planned to be sent in five consignments.
In response to the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Sultanate, represented by Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO), has sent a consignment of Omani aid to those who flee Abyan, Lahj and Aden governorates in Yemen.
The Omani relief assistance was transported on many flights, the first of which left Muscat for Aden yesterday.
The 1,058-tonne aid, which will be transported on board five planes, includes medicines, medical appliances, foodstuff and other relief materials.
On the orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) will send next week relief aid to all stricken areas in Somalia. Ali bin Ibrahim Shanoon al Raisi, CEO of OCO, said that the organisation prepared a programme to extend an airstrip between Muscat and Mogadishu, in addition to a number of consignments by be sent by sea.
The first batch of Omani relief supplies has been distributed to Libyan refugees in Tunisia and those in the western mountain inside Libya. The Oman Charitable Organisation’s (OCO)Executive Chairman said that about 600 tonnes of food, medicines and other supplies were distributed to the Libyans in refugee camps in Tunisia and in the Nafusa Mountain in Libya.
Meanwhile, he pointed out that the OCO is getting ready to send the second batch of aid supplies.
With the Holy Month of Ramadhan just around the corner, the Omani Authority for Charitable Work yesterday embarked on distribution of food packages in the Al Muhra Governorate of Yemen as part of its annual programme aimed at helping the needy with the expenses of buying food commodities.
The aid presented amounted to 5,250 packages to be distributed to needy families in the governorate.
The Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) yesterday started sending aid for the flood-affected people in Pakistan.
The first plane carrying aid will arrive at Multan airport in Lahore today while the second plane will arrive in Peshawar airport on the same day upon which will be received by the Omani Relief Team in Islamabad and members of the Oman Embassy in Pakistan.
The Relief Team will continue rendering aid in the affected provinces during Ramadhan. The aid includes food, drinking water, dates, tents, relief supplies and tools.