Gulf | Oman

$content.channelSponsor.value

Cyclone damages Muscat roads

Rains relented on Thursday but the aftermath of Cyclone Gonu has left Muscat in a big mess. Roads have caved in, including the main Sultan Qaboos Highway, creating huge craters and mini pools.

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 00:00 June 7, 2007
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Brian Espinosa/Gulf News
  • The Wadi Adei highway was severely damaged by cyclone Gonu.
Image 1 of 5
12345

Muscat: Rains relented on Thursday but the aftermath of Cyclone Gonu has left Muscat in a big mess.

Roads have caved in, creating huge craters and mini waterfalls.

A bridge built over a wadi on the road leading to Amarat suburb on the eastern side of Muscat caved in, completely cutting off Wadi Adei, Amarat and Quriyat areas.

The Civil Defence teams were working hard to keep onlookers at bay as a large crowd gathered to see the damage done by the fury of water flowing through the wadi.

The Sultan Qaboos Highway near Qurum district caved in, creating a mini waterfall. The police had cordoned the area but people were still heading towards the site to take photos.

"People gathering at disaster sites as spectators multiplied problems for rescue teams,'' said an official.

Soon, the Royal Oman Police blocked access to most affected areas like Qurum, Al Khuwair and Ghubra.

Gulf News
News Editor's choice
Gulf weather