29th of October in the newspaper the message appeared: “The Deep Depression in the Arabian Sea has developed into Tropical Storm (Chapala), according the Oman Meteorology Office. The Centre of the system is about 900 km away from the south-eastern coasts of the Sultanate. ‘Public Authority for Civil Aviation, PACA’ is monitoring the development and has asked people to follow its updates.” From that moment on we followed the updates on the site of PACA, on the social media, in the newspapers and on Oman TV. The next days ‘Cyclone Chapala’ moved closer. Precautions were taken by all concerned governmental and non-governmental institutions. I will never forget the youngsters – volunteers – who came to us to inform us and insist to take necessary actions even to leave….Luckily Dhofar Governorate was spared.
NMHEWS End of Chapala Direct Impacts
Muscat, Nov 2 (ONA) — The Internal Committee for the Management of Adverse Climate Conditions headed by Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser al-Za’abi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) studied the latest developments and analysis of weather charts. Therefore, the Committee announced that there is no possibility of any direct impact over the Sultanate from the tropical cyclone (Chapala) that passed over the Arabian Sea. The analysis of Multi-Hazards Early Warning System (NMHEWS) pointed out that local and global numerical weather prediction models agree that the Tropical Cyclone “Chapala” continues to move westwards towards the sisterly Yemeni Republic over the area between the governorates of Hadhramout and Shabwa as Tropical Storm during the next 24 hours. The NMHEWS still alerts that the sea state over Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates is rough for today and tomorrow with wave height reaching 3 to 5 metres. In addition, advection of clouds associated with isolated rain occasionally thundershower expected over Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates. The Committee is pleased to express its thanks to all concerned governmental and non-governmental organizations that maintained cooperation while preparing for the adverse climate conditions over the Sultanate. It also valued cooperation of citizens and residents in following-up the reports and updated bulletins issued by the NMHEWS as that led to reducing the impacts of the tropical cyclone, praying to the Almighty to protect Oman and its leader; His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, citizens and residents of this dear country. (OMAN NEWS AGENCY)
Cyclone Chapala made an extremely rare landfall at Yemen. Today, this morning in the local newspapers one could read: “In response to the Royal Orders of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Oman Charitable Organization (OCO), with the help from the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), began operating aid flights to Socotra Island, which has been hit by Cyclone Chapala. The flights are carrying food, medicines and other basic necessities,”