A rainy day is a ‘lean day’ for them

MUSCAT, Dec 17 – Rains bring both happiness as well as misery. While some of us welcome it, a section of society, including fishermen, abhors it because it can’t venture out into the sea during inclement weather. “My friends and I haven’t ventured out into the sea in the last two days after we received a warning that sea would be rough and fishing in the deep sea is dangerous,” said a fisherman in Sidab, whose family depends on his daily catch. Many boats and fishing nets were seen lying in front of small chalets on the shore. People were seen whiling away their time as rains gained in strength by evening on Sunday. Because of the fear of flashfloods, Mawaleh vegetable market wore a deserted look with fewer footfalls and dipping business. Muttrah market remained half-closed since morning with fewer foreign visitors, prompting shoppers to down the shutters later in the day. The other affected workers were those dealing with upholstery and car wash in places such as Wadi Kabir and Ruwi. They were found sitting idle, with none visiting their shops because of heavy rain.

KABEER YOUSUF