Torrential rain leads to flash floods in Oman, several feared dead

 Oman suspended schools on Tuesday as rains caused serious damage to businesses, vehicles and crops across the country.

The extreme rainfall was expected to continue until the weekend, the Civil Aviation Authority’s weather office said.

“Heavy rains will continue for several days and the public needs to limit their travels. Roads will be slippery and drivers must be careful while driving. Fishermen should not venture out to sea with waves expected to reach up to seven metres high,” the authority said.

“Schools will be suspended on Tuesday and the ministry of education is waiting for further advice from the official weather forecast to resume classes," state-owned Oman News Agency reported.

Videos on social media showed cars trapped in shopping malls surrounded by water. Traffic slowed as drivers carefully navigated flooded roads.

State-owned Oman Television showed clips of water gushing in and out of underpasses and waterlogged bridges and intersections. Some drivers were forced to return home because they could not reach their places of work.

“I reached half way to my office and thought it was better to make the next U-turn and go back home. The roads are full of water, dangerous and unpredictable,” Khamis Al Waili, 37, who works for the National Bank of Oman, told The National.

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