Flash flood kills 17 people including children

MUSCAT, OMAN – Torrential rain in Oman, situated on the eastern extremity of the Arabian Peninsula, led to devastating flash floods, resulting in a death toll of 17, according to Monday’s reports. Tragically, among those swept away were school children and their driver, whose vehicle was overwhelmed by the floodwaters.

Neighboring regions, including the United Arab Emirates and Dubai, along with other parts of the Arabian Peninsula, are also preparing for the onslaught of heavy rain.

Oman’s North Al Sharqiyah province was the most affected by the rainfall, as stated by civil defense officials. The Royal Oman Police and the Omani military were mobilized to the province to assist in the evacuation of residents from the flood-stricken areas, the Oman News Agency confirmed.

Flash floods are not uncommon in Oman following heavy rain, often drawing locals to the edges of dry riverbeds, known as “wadi” in Arabic. However, these wadis can become death traps during floods, as they fill up rapidly, carrying away people and vehicles in their wake.

In Dubai, the National Center of Meteorology anticipates the onset of heavy rains from Monday night, expected to last until Tuesday morning. They have issued a warning for thunder, lightning, rain, and possible hail, with gusts of wind reaching up to 70 kph (43 mph). In light of the forecast, government schools have announced a shift to remote learning for Tuesday and Wednesday.