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Severe floods hit northern Oman after heavy rains and thunderstorms

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Heavy rains and thunderstorms hit Al Batinah North Governorate​ in Oman last week, causing severe damage to homes, buildings, and infrastructure. The worst affected were northern parts of the governorate, including Shinas, Liwa, Sohar, and Saham.

According to the Times of Oman, heavy rainfall accompanied by hailstones and strong winds began at around 19:30 LT on May 4. 

Local authorities said valleys in the region flooded, collapsing homes and destroying infrastructure.

Additionally, a number of vehicles were damaged after house walls and trees fell on them.

North Al Batinah Civil defense said they rescued a number of workers trapped by falling debris at the construction sites, including the Al Maha gas station in Saham.

 A person stuck in Wadi Al-Khshda in the wilayat of Saham was also rescued by teams and is now in good health.

Image credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS. Acquired May 7, 2021

On May 10, the Oman Meteorology said there is a chance of dust rising winds over deserts and open areas of Al Buraimi and Al Dhahirah governorates. Chances of late night and early morning low-level clouds and fog over parts of South Al Sharqiyah and Al Wusta governorates are to be expected.

Featured image credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS. Acquired May 7, 2021

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