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