Muscat: Torrential Rains Cause Havoc in Oman, Cyclone Approaching
Report: Clarence Pinto
Pics: Amanda Pinto
Daijiworld Media Network - Oman
Muscat, Nov 2: Heavy rains lashed the region on Wednesday November 2, throwing normal life out of gear. Ruwi and other regions were badly affected.
Darsait and Wadi Kabir area experienced a different atmosphere this afternoon, when, at around 1 pm all of a sudden dark clouds gathered in the sky and heavy downpour started. Wadis arround Wadi Kabir, Ruwi, Mattrah and Darsait began overflowing.
There were huge traffic jams everywhere. Children had great difficulty in reaching home after school. Meteorological department has forecasted heavy rain on Wednesday night.
Sources said that six people lost their lives in the heavy rains in Rustaq and Batinah regions.
Pedestrians were seen wading through the flooded streets while traffic came to an almost standstill.
In Ruwi, Hamriya Roundabout reportedly collapsed, leading to more chaos. Cars and trucks too were washed away.
Police have instructed people to remain indoors.
Meanwhile, the Met department in India said that a deep depression over the Arabian Sea has intensified into cyclone 'Keila' which is moving towards Oman's southern coast. The cyclone is likely to pass on to Yemen.