It doesn’t rain that often in Oman and I remember the amusement over the rain when it first started on Tuesday, November 1st. It continued on Wednesday, November 2nd and started looking a little more serious. Here are a few pics I took on Wednesday of last week:
Markaz Al Bajha on Nov 2nd looked like a swimming pool but that was nothing compared to the water in other areas!
The rains in Oman since Nov. 1st have been anything but “child’s play” and anyone in Oman with friends on facebook with albums showing the damage knows exactly what I’m talking about.
This post by a “Yes Abroad Scholar”, tells the damage of the first storm that hit Oman at the very beginning of the 9-day Eid holiday last Wednesday. I love the way she explains why the water, even after a mild rain, can have devastating results due to lack of proper drainage. Here is a news report from the UAE’s Gulf News about 12 bodies recovered from the recent rains in Oman.
Check out this dramatic picture re-tweeted at least 100 times:
(I personally got this off a pic from a man twitting by the name of Abdullah Al-Jahwari.) Anyone know where this occurred?
Here is a most recent article from Gulf News about the expected continuation of rain over the next few days. They warn residents to stay away from wadis (valleys) and fishermen from venturing into the sea. Another warning and more info in the Indian paper, Khaleej Times. In the last few hours, I’ve received the following texts from “NCCD”:
The sad thing is that they do in fact need to send out these warnings even though the advice seem like “no-brainers”.
All of this has me thinking that Rummy, in her blogpost “Will We Ever Learn the Lesson”, is right in the need for some serious risk management here in the Sultanate!!!
“The Directorate-General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN) calls upon all citizens and residents to exercise utmost caution during rains, and avoid crossing wadis.” Be safe out there folks!