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Oman recovers from intense weekend rain

Regular power supply was restored after sporadic outages were reported in some parts of Rustaq and Nakhal provinces on Friday

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Muscat: Life has returned to normal in the northern parts of Oman after heavy rains lashed the Country over the weekend.

The rain flooded low-lying areas of Nizwa, Rustaq and Nakhal provinces causing traffic jams.

Regular power supply was restored after sporadic outages were reported in some parts of Rustaq and Nakhal provinces on Friday.

Municipal authorities carried out work on Saturday to clear all affected roads.

Traffic flow was returning to normal as all roads opened on Saturday.

Although some minor road accidents occurred in some northern provinces no causalities were reported, according to the Royal Oman Police.

Two people were rescued in Amerat province of Muscat governorate by the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA).

Five other expatriates were trapped in Al Sharqi wadi of Ibra province, but they managed to escape.

They are all in stable health condition, according to PACDA.

The heavy rainfall also caused loss of property as some houses and vehicles were damaged in Nizwa and Rustaq.

Pictures of hailstorm that lashed provinces of Rustaq, Awabi and Amerat went viral in social media platforms.

Earlier, authorities urged residents to stay away from low-lying areas, as well as flooded wadis.

The governorates of Wusta, Dhofar, Sharqiyah and Dhakliyah will experience, medium to heavy rain, gutsy winds and they will be accompanied by a drop in the temperatures on Sunday. The seas will be rough along the Oman Sea coasts, according to Meteorology Department.

Rainfall in 2007 due to Cyclone Gonu claimed 49 lives, which was followed by Cyclone Phet in 2010 that claimed 24 lives.

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