HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The weather forecast indicates that around Sunday night, the cyclone would make landfall in Oman from the Arabian Sea.
  • The cyclone will bring wind gusts up to 110kph (68 mph) along with it when it approaches the Muscat region.
  • Flights across Oman have been halted, and roads will remain open for emergency vehicles, and humanitarian journeys.
  • The national emergency committee of Oman stated that the power supply will be cut in al-Qurm to prevent unexpected incidents.

On Saturday, cyclone Saheen drifted into Oman from India, bringing wind gusts and rain. A child lost his life in the floodwater and another person was reported missing. Flights across the Oman region, located on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, have been halted.

The weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicates that around Sunday night, the cyclone would make landfall in Oman from the Arabian Sea. The cyclone will bring wind gusts up to 110kph (68 mph) along with it when it approaches the Muscat region.

A high alert was sounded in the UAE, and in Oman, a public holiday was declared on Sunday and Monday. The Oman authorities have ordered the people to evacuate their homes, and more than 2,700 people seeking shelter in emergency centres. UAE has also warned the residents to be prepared for the cyclone.

A source stated that according to a spokesperson, the authorities are on high alert to deal with the storm, and take proactive, preventive steps to lessen the impact. It is expected that the storm will weaken sharply after landfall.

Flights to and from the Muscat capital have been delayed or cancelled ahead of the landfall as it is expected that the landfall will bring very high winds along with heavy rainfall. Authorities stated that the roads will remain open, but only for emergency vehicles, and for those on humanitarian journeys. The national emergency committee of Oman stated that the power supply will be cut in al-Qurm in order to prevent unexpected incidents.