Officials Visit Rain-hit Areas in South Al Batinah Governorate

Muscat, Nasser Khamis Al Jashmi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance, accompanied by a number of undersecretaries, went on a field visit of villages in South Al Batinah Governorate where the recent heavy rains caused damage to people’s homes and properties.

The officials followed up efforts undertaken to restore basic services disrupted during the rains and wadi floods.

The visit covered the villages of Wadi Bani Kharous in the Wilayat of Al Awabi and Wadi Bani Auf, Al Ghashab and Al Lateekha in the Wilayat of A’Rustaq.

Preliminary assessments indicate that 100 houses underwent damages in the Wilayat of A’Rustaq, Governorate of South Al Batinah, and that most of the impacts occurred to the buildings’ infrastructure, said Al Jashmi.

He added that the impacts also included power and water disconnections and that contacts were made with specialist to get the services restored as soon as possible. Roads were opened and traffic flow was facilitated, he said.

Dr. Ali Amir Al Shidhani, Communications and Information Technology Undersecretary at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, told Oman News Agency and Oman TV that the ministry is opening alternative roads for the impacted areas at a time specialized department are working to restore normalcy.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Rashid Ahmed Al Shamsi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development, told Oman News Agency and Oman TV that the field visit capped up efforts to inventory damages in the aftermath of the wet weather.

This was also affirmed by Shaikh Saleh Diab Al Rubai’ee, Wali of A’Rustaq, who told ONA that restoration work undertaken by government departments is in full swing in the impacted areas. This, he said, can be observed in the wilayats of A’Rustaq and Al Awabi, where basic services like power, water, telecommunications and traffic are being restored at a steady pace.

Source: Oman News Agency