Wednesday, February 08, 2023 | Rajab 16, 1444 H
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Restoration in full swing

Work is in full swing to restore roads, power and telecom services hit by heavy rains that lashed the northern parts of the Sultanate of Oman in the last three days. The National Committee for Emergency Management ended the activities of the subcommittees in the Governorates of North Al Batinah and Musandam following the end of rains.

The National Committee has worked on continuous efforts from the basic services sector to restore road, water and electricity services in the areas affected by the weather.

The Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority carried out helicopter evacuations of 134 people including 105 citizens and 32 nationals from GCC trapped by rains in Wilayat Mad'ha and Lima in Musandam Governorate.

Salim bin Saeed al Kamyani, CEO of Mazoon Electricity Company, said, "The power station and 5 feeders in Lima in the Wilayat of Khasab were affected by the weather." Awad bin Salim al Sudairy said that the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology worked in coordination with the office of the Wali of Khasab and the Khasab Municipality to bring equipment to the repair of roads via boats from Khasab.

Field response teams for basic services like electricity, communications, water, sanitation, fuel and waste management are in full swing to restore normalcy.

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, and the governorates’ municipalities have begun to reopen roads hit by rainfall in a number of governorates, where priority has been given to main roads so that the movement of basic services and commercial and economic activities are not affected. Electricity was restored by the companies in the Musandam Governorate, in coordination with the Royal Air Force of Oman and the Royal Oman Police, which worked to provide helicopters to transport technicians to repair faults at the power plant in Musandam Governorate. Work is still under way on restoration of service on a number of other sites. The companies also dealt with a number of power outages in a number of governorates, and the electricity service was restored as usual. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and companies are working on restoring telecom services that were affected in the governorates of Musandam and North Al Batinah after many mobile towers fell down. Authorities and companies were also working to restore water supply after lines were hit by floods in the governorates of Musandam and North Al Batinah. Fuel and cooking gas services in governorates were not affected thanks to the measures taken by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion and companies.

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