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Power restoration nears completion in cyclone-hit areas


Restoration of basic services including electricity in most areas ravaged by tropical cyclone Shaheen is nearing completion thanks to the combined efforts of government machinery and volunteers.

Statements by the National Committee for Emergency Management (NCEM) reveal that almost 99 per cent of the services like electricity, water, telecommunications, fuel and roads have been completed in South Al Batinah governorate.

At the same time, 87 per cent of electricity work and 99 per cent of water and fuel services have been done in North Al Batinah Governorate.

“The relief and shelter sector is working hard to provide alternative residential accommodation until the damages are repaired in the affected homes. This is to ensure that the residences affected by the cyclone are ready for use”, the NCEM said in a statement.

It appealed to all donors to send all electrical devices that they plan to donate to the stores of the Omani Authority for Charitable Works in the Maabela Industrial Area.

“Donors can go to the stores from 7 am to 8 pm to ensure that they are distributed to the affected people according to their needs”, it said.

Meanwhile, Electricity Holding Company Nama Group launched a campaign that will focus on homes that face problems in restoring electricity.

The group will financially and technically support the licensed technicians of the Omani youth who are graduates of the Nakla programme or licensed technical volunteers, to ensure the safe return of electricity to homes. The licensed Omani youth will join the volunteers of the Nama Group.

“The group believes in the contributions of employees to volunteer work. Volunteer employees from the group will also cooperate with the General Directorate of Youth and Volunteer Initiatives at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth to support those affected and rehabilitate homes, roads and facilities affected by the tropical cyclone” said in a statement.

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