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Cyclone Tej Sparks Official Holidays and Preparations in Oman

As Cyclone Tej approaches, the Ministry of Health in Oman has activated its 24-hour call centre in preparation for the tropical condition.

Oman has declared October 23rd and 24th official holidays for public and private sector employees in the Dhofar Governorate and the Wilayat of Al Jazir in the Al Wusta Governorate. 

This move comes in response to adverse weather conditions by Cyclone Tej, which is currently affecting the nation.

Preparations and Evacuation Plans:

As Cyclone Tej approaches, Oman’s Ministry of Health has activated its 24-hour call center in anticipation of the tropical situation. 

The cyclone is expected to directly impact the Dhofar Governorate and parts of the Al Wusta Governorate. 

The Al-Daharez and New Salalah health centers have been closed from 2:30 p.m. on Sunday until further notice.

During its Sunday meeting, the National Committee for Emergency Situations Management in Oman decided to evacuate residents from the Hallaniyat Islands and coastal regions in the states of Salalah, Rakhyut, and Dhalkot. 

The committee, led by the Chairman Lieutenant General Inspector General of Police and Customs, confirmed that all necessary measures will be implemented to support operations in areas expected to be impacted by the cyclone in the Dhofar and Al Wusta Governorates.

Port Closure Due to Cyclone Tej:

In light of the impending cyclone, Oman’s Salalah port will be closed starting from Sunday at 5 pm (1300 GMT), as the state news agency reported.

Cyclone Tej Upgraded to Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm:

Cyclone Tej, initially a tropical depression gathering force in the Arabian Sea, has intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm,” according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). 

The cyclone is expected to make landfall between Al Ghaidah (Yemen) and Salalah (Oman) around noon on October 24th as a “very severe cyclonic storm.” 

The IMD’s social media post noted its intensification and the projected path of the cyclone, emphasizing the need for preparedness and vigilance.

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