NATION ON HIGH ALERT: EMERGENCY CONTACT CENTRES SET UP, NFC SERVICES SUSPENDED

MUSCAT: The nation is on high alert as Ashobaa heads nearer. Government agencies are leaving nothing to chance and have made public safety their top priority.

Public advisories are being issued regularly. Transport services have either been suspended or rescheduled. As the sea will remain rough, the National Ferries Company (NFC) on Wednesday issued a statement announcing suspension of services.

“Due to inclement weather conditions forecast, our scheduled services on the northern routes (Muscat-Khasab, Shinas-Khasab and Khasab-Lima) have been suspended temporarily. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused. We shall resume normal operations as soon as weather improves.” Oman Air tweeted that passengers have to check with airport authorities about flight status.

“Due to unforeseen weather conditions in Oman for the next two days, kindly check with airport authorities for any outbound and inbound flights,” the tweet said. An official from the Oman National Transport Company told Muscat Daily that there was no change in schedule on Wednesday. “Three buses left on schedule for Sur on Wednesday at 7.30am, 2.30pm and the last at 3pm. About the next two days, we will see and decide as per the situation,” he added.

While Muscat Municipality’s contact centre (1111) will work round the clock, H E Mohsin bin Mohammed al Sheikh, its chairman issued a decision (107/2015) on Wednesday to set up an operations centre to track the weather condition.

Special field teams have been formed and earlier on Tuesday, a decision was issued on taking all necessary measures to limit the effect of the expected inclement weather, like overflowing wadis.

The Ministry of Regional Municipality and Water Resources (MRMWR) in a statement said that it too has set up an emergency centre. “People can call on our helpline number (Phone: 24692566, fax:24693743) to enquire about municipal facilities or services they may require,” the statement said.

An official at the Wadi Dayqah dam in Quriyat informed Muscat Daily that water was released from the reservoir at around 3pm on Wednesday. “The water has been discharged and is flowing downstream,” he said. The Ministry of Health has activated an emergency centre at its premises to communicate with the directorates general of health services across all governorates.