According to weather experts, Cyclone Ashobaa is expected to arrive in Oman on Thursday. The cyclone is said to have a maximum wind speed of around 82km/h while the speed around the eye is estimated at around 37km/h.
Preparations are being made in the country to face the calamity. The Ministry of Education has postponed all secondary school exams to next week. Also, some colleges in Muscat have announced that they will remain closed on Thursday. If the cyclone strikes, schools will act as makeshift shelters to accommodate those affected.
The Ministry of Social Development in Oman has set up relief camps in various parts of the country. An emergency plan and a 24-hour call centre to accommodate the residents’ needs have been set up as part of preparing for the storm.
Many people had lost their lives when Oman was hit earlier by Cyclone Gonu in June 2007 and Phet in June 2010.