Muscat, The 4th seminar on “Tropical Cyclones

and Flash Floods; Ten Years after Guno and Phet: The Learned

Lessons,” started at the Diplomatic Club today. The seminar is

organised by Oman Water Society to reduce the negative effects of

these natural phenomena, development of early disaster risk

management systems and the development of warning systems that

will contribute to prediction and preparedness and to identify what has

been achieved of the procedures and preparations by the concerned

authorities to address them in the future.

The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of

Sayyid Saud bin Hilal al-Busaidi, Minister of State, Governor of Muscat,

in the presence of a number of ministers.

The two-day seminar seeks to unite efforts of water-related

experts and officials, to share knowledge and expertise related to

tropical cyclones and flash floods through the introduction and

discussion of 25 scientific papers during 5 sessions covering 7 themes.

The seminar sheds light on the Sultanate’s experience in

confronting cyclones, flash floods and the learned lessons. It also

reviews the achievements of the competent authorities in the field of

precautionary measures to reduce risks of floods. The seminar also

provides the opportunity to learn about the new technologies and

solutions taken to minimise and mitigate the negative impacts of

cyclones and flash floods and to recall global experiences with

preparations for cyclones, in addition to relief and rescue efforts.

The first day also included several working papers, such as

“The Role of Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) in the Management of

Emergencies,” “Roles of Walis Offices in Adverse Climatic Conditions

and the Learned Lessons: The Wilayat of Quriyat as a Model,” “The

GCC Role in the Integration of Infrastructure of the Gulf Meteorological

Facilities,” “Procedures and Studies carried out by Muscat Municipality

after Adverse Climatic Conditions,” and “The Ministry of Agriculture and

Fisheries Role in Facing the Negative Impacts of Tropical Cyclones and

Flash Floods on the Agricultural Sector”.

The themes of the seminar include the preparations and

experiences gained in confronting these phenomena (their origins and

the reasons for their formation), the ways of minimising the negative

effects of them, the role of civil society institutions and media in this

regard, as well as identification of economic and social effects of

cyclones, flash floods and the impact of cyclones on engineering

designs of water installations, infrastructure, climatic changes,

cyclones and flash floods.

Source: Oman News Agency