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Oman floods kill 14 including schoolchildren

Published : Monday, 15 April, 2024 at 9:06 PM  Count : 478

Oman floods kill 14 including schoolchildren

Oman floods kill 14 including schoolchildren

Flooding in Oman has killed at least 14 people, many of the schoolchildren, authorities said following the discovery of the bodies of a woman and child on Monday.

The Gulf sultanate's official news agency initially reported on Sunday nine schoolchildren and three adults had "lost their lives after their vehicles got swept away in gushing wadi waters".
Five others individuals were reported missing in the floods that struck the northeast of the country, reports AFP.

The Oman News Agency reported on Monday the bodies of a woman and child had also been recovered.

Violent thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds beginning on Sunday have battered the country, causing flash floods in several regions in the north and east of Oman.

The sultanate's Council of Ministers said in a statement it was "filled with grief" and "extends its sincere condolences and sympathies to the families and relatives of school students who recently died in the Governorate of A'Sharqiyah".

On Monday, the Ministry of Education shuttered schools in most regions as a precaution against the flooding which also resulted in the closure of five roads.

Dozens left stranded were rescued in operations aided by helicopters from Oman's air force.

Storms were expected to affect other Gulf states, including Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, later in the day.

Flooding had already claimed the lives of three children during downpours in Oman in February.


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