Rain water submerges an area in Oman. Image Credit: Social Media

Muscat: A massive search for a missing expatriate family of six members is under way for the third day in a row in a flooded area, the Royal Oman police said.

The family of an Indian healthcare worker were visiting the Wadi Bani Khalid, about 200 kilometres from Muscat, where they were trapped inside a vehicle by torrential rains.

While the head of the family managed to leave the car, other members, including his parents, wife and three children, were swept away, according to the report.

Omani weather authorities forecast more rainfall in the country on Monday, a day after several parts in Oman experienced heavy rains.

“We have recorded 41 mm in Yanqul, 39.4 mm in Wadi Bani Khalid, 27.4 mm in Nizwa, 23 mm in Seeb, 16.2 mm in Al Kabil and there are others but these are the places that received the highest amount of rainfall. Muscat City recorded precipitation of 12.6 mm,” an official at the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) said, according to Oman Observer newspaper.

The low-pressure system is anticipated to slow down by Tuesday with chances of lighter rains and maybe thundershowers in some areas in the Sultanate.

Authorities have repeatedly warned of poor visibility due to bad weather, and called on the public to shun areas prone to flash flooding.

“By tomorrow we expect the system to dissipate so there is hardly any chance for rains on Wednesday,” the official added.