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ROP lends support to relief mission in cyclone-hit areas

Muscat: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) is utilising its full human and logistic capabilities to lend support to operators of the national system for management of emergencies resulting from tropical cyclone. As part of its deployment and mobilization, the ROP delivered different types of supplies to people in stricken areas while its medical and special task units are performing the humanitarIan role expected of them by transporting patients and backing different sectors.

Other operations being undertaken by the ROP include opening roads and arranging alternative paths in affected areas, hauling and transporting entangled and damaged vehicles by using heavy equipment, distributing drinking water tankers, draining ponds in residential areas and streets and removing debris from public places and roads. The ROP is also conducting search, rescue, evacuation, eviction and transportation of people from endangered areas. Meanwhile, the Police Aviation is conducting sorties whenever needed in support of other sectors of the national relief mission. The ROP cautions citizens and residents against frequenting endangered zones.

Helicopters of the Royal Flights (at the Royal Court Affairs) coordinated with the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO) in operating flights to areas affected by the tropical cyclon. The aim is to lend support to relief missions addressing the needs of citizens there. Rescue and relief teams, operating under the supervision of the National Civil Defence Committee, provided logistic support in the wilayats of A'Suwaiq, Al Khabourah and Saham. Meanwhile, a number of technicIans kept working to repair a breakdown in telecommunication stations in the Governorate of North Al Batinah. -- ONA

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