Salalah gets ready for Mekunu

SALALAH – A high-level meeting discussed precautionary measures in the wake of alert sounded by meteorological departments about the cyclonic storm Mekunu.

Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamoud al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, reviewed the meeting with the Sub-Committee for Civil Defense in Dhofar Governorate in the presence of Brigadier Mohsen bin Ahmed Al Abri, Chairman of the Committee and its members representing all governmental and civil sectors.

The Governor took stock of the readiness of various departments in order to determine that maximum support that could be provided to people after the cyclone’s landfall, which is expected on Friday and likely to continue for two more days.

Meanwhile, the hovering clouds over Salalah sky created general commotion among the people, while a section of people were doubtful about the cyclone’s landfall thinking that “it would also pass like previous cyclones, which could not make landfalls and moved to some other directions away from Salalah.”

Government and private establishments are taking precautionary measures to ensure safeguard of documents and most of them are being directed to close offices by 2pm on Thursday.  The authorities have decided to convert some schools into shelter homes equipped with health facilities, basic amenities and all possible resources in force.

The high level meeting took every situation into account from weather forecasts, the results of the numerical model readings and the expected impact on Dhofar Governorate.

The meeting also reviewed preparations made by the Civil Defense Sub-Committee in the Governorate of Dhofar and additional support coming from Muscat to deal with the ensuing situation. The officials stressed on the importance of taking precautionary measures to limit the effects of the situation, in addition to enhancing the resources and capabilities necessary to deal with them.

The Committee members were directed to give top priority to the lives and property of the residents and to identify the mechanisms for mobilising all possible resources needed to support the operations.

The Minister of Dhofar directed the Committee to do maximum follow up while assuring the citizens and residents about the committee’s readiness to deal with the situation coming out of the tropical storm.

He also put stress on communication between the Committee and citizens and residents through the emergency centers and directed to provide all the available facilities and necessary services.

He called upon the citizens and residents to be cautious and not to take risk of crossing the valleys (Wadis) and advised them to keep away from the low places and not to visit the sea during the warning period. He also exhorted them to co-operate with the relevant committees.