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Oman Establishes National Fund for Emergencies

Oman Establishes National Fund for Emergencies

Tuesday, 12 October, 2021 - 09:30
Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq. (Omani News Agency)

Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq announced the formation of a National Fund for Emergencies (NFD) to support recovery efforts from Cyclone Shaheen.

"To expedite the accommodation of the impacts of the tropical condition and alleviate the conditions of affected citizens, we have decreed the establishment of a National Fund for Emergencies (NFE) to tackle the aftermath of this tropical condition and similar natural disasters that may occur," said the Sultan in a speech.

The Sultan called on the ministerial committee tasked with assessing the damage to deliver assistance as soon as possible, confirming that he would directly supervise the committee's work.

The storm killed 12 people in Oman and damaged several towns hit by winds of 110 km/h and 12-meter-high waves.

Thousands of residents evacuated the coastal areas and were forced into temporary accommodation after the rains reached the capital and water flooded the streets of Muscat.

Sultan Haitham called on the government departments to facilitate the committee's work and cooperate with it, stressing that he will follow up on its progress and operations.

"Our dear homeland, especially the governorates of North and South al-Batinah, have undergone major climatic conditions that claimed the lives of some citizens and residents. The adverse climatic conditions also incurred immense material losses to citizens' properties and infrastructure," he said.

The Sultan praised Omani citizens who embodied the values of altruism, solidarity, and collaboration while supporting the national relief efforts.

He stressed that restoring normalcy is a top priority, which the concerned authorities have begun to achieve, noting that they have to speed up their work rate in serving the citizens in every part of the country.

Sultan Haitham thanked all countries that showed solidarity and contacted him to convey their sympathy.

He also praised the role of "all government and private establishments and individuals who played commendable roles in managing this case."

The Sultan notably thanked the National Commission for Emergency Management, the Armed Forces, the Royal Oman Police, the security services, all citizens and residents, the Shelter and Relief sectors, support services, private companies, NGOs, and volunteer teams all gave excellent examples of citizenship.

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