Frequent rains and floods demand a long-term solution in Oman

Muscat – Flooding following the rains has caused a lot of hardship for the residents of the sultanate. In the recent past, rains have caused massive flooding in many parts of Oman.

While the country is still recovering from the recent weather disruption, another is currently underway and the need for properly designed waterways in Oman is more evident than ever.

As rains become a more common phenomenon in the sultanate with climate change, many have called for permanent solutions to avoid the chaos they encounter during heavy rains.
Here’s what Muscat Daily readers had to say about how Oman can reduce rains-related losses and disruptions:

Love al Tauqi
Retired government employee

There is a lot of concrete, both on the ground and on the roofs. Concrete cannot be penetrated. Rainwater does not infiltrate there and is diverted to drainage systems, which often clog as a result, causing water to overflow onto sidewalks and streets. If left unchecked, flooding will result. Sustainable drainage is a very logical idea. The suggestion is to replace impermeable surfaces with porous surfaces like grass and gardens. This will allow rainwater to seep into the ground. The infiltration process also keeps plant life alive.

Shahid Afzal
Private sector employee

It is important to keep up to date with accurate information. Keep an eye on weather forecasts and updates from the Oman Meteorological Service. You need to know where to find the information when you need it.

Mohammad al-Balushi
government employee

Local governments urgently need more knowledge about flood control, including technical and non-technical aspects, and knowledge of each phase of the risk management cycle.

george thomas
Private sector employee

The proper transmission of advanced warnings of impending storms and floods will not only give people the opportunity to be proactive in preventing damage to their property, but will also save lives.

Mohsen Rachid
Truck driver

A community strategy should also promote the preparedness and response capacity of local communities. Building intermunicipal coordination is one of them.

Ali Khalfan al Abri
Private sector employee

Oman could build floodplains and river overflow areas. Floodplains are essential for flood protection. Floodplains have the ability to store and absorb water, thereby protecting nearby settlements from the consequences of heavy rains.

Abdullah al-Khaldi
drilling technician

We must also take initiatives! We cannot simply leave it up to government, municipalities, environmentalists or urban planners to put in place infrastructure to prevent urban flooding. We – each of us – must make it our personal responsibility to adapt to climate change. Whether it is collecting rainwater or building a garden above our roofs, it is imperative that we take the necessary measures
be part of the stormwater management solution.

Muhammad Islam
Private sector employee

Synchronize ideas such as disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and integrated watershed and water resources management. Policies and plans should include risk management as a key element. At the local level, achieving this is easier.

Mohan Ananda
Banking employee

The sewage system should be made foolproof and no new structures or construction should be allowed near areas prone to landslides and water runoff. Vulnerable areas must be identified and people must be evacuated in time. However, if the public ignores or disregards safety warnings and alerts issued by authorities, no amount of technology or government effort can prevent loss of life.

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