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More rains likely in 48hrs, new depression intensifies.

MUSCAT: Light-to-moderate rain continued in several parts of the country yesterday as local and global meteorological experts predicted unstable weather under the influence of depression over southeast Arabian Sea.

According to an advisory issued by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) yesterday, the depression over southeast Arabian Sea moved west-northwestwards during the past 15 hours and lies over central parts of south and adjoining central Arabian sea at 0830 hrs Indian Standard Time yesterday, near latitude 11.50N and longitude 63.50E, about 1,200km southeast of Salalah.

"The system is likely to intensify further into a deep depression and move initially west-northwestwards and then northwestwards towards Oman coast during next 48 hrs," the advisory added.

Yesterday, Shinas, Sohar, Falaj, Saham and Liwa witnessed light to moderate rains. "The rain started around 1pm and lasted for at least three hours. The roads are flooded and wadis are overflowing. It is still cloudy. It seems that it will rain again," Yusuf, a resident of Sohar, told Times of Oman.

On Sunday, the local weatherman predicted that the tropical condition, detected in the southeast of the Arabian Sea, is expected to deepen in the next few days.

The Met office has strongly advised citizens and residents to avoid staying long in the course of wadis which, the department said, can overflow when it rains. Also, due to the unstable weather condition causing high waves due to the shifting of the tropical condition's centre, seafarers are also warned against the risk of venturing out along the southeastern coast of the Sultanate.

The Met office said that the skies are expected to be partly cloudy over the Governorate of Musandam and coastal areas, with chances of intermittent rains, and clear to partly cloudy over the rest of the Sultanate. Light to moderate northeasterly winds are expected to blow over most of the Sultanate, said the Met office, which also reported wave height of two metres along the coast. Visibility will be poor during rains, the Met official added.

Meanwhile, the death toll of last Wednesday's heavy rains in different parts of Oman reached 12 after Royal Oman Police rescue teams found a body behind a commercial centre on Friday.

The deceased, a Kabourah resident, was working with a automotive company in Ruwi.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Nov 8, 2011
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