Cyclone Phet hits Oman

Cyclone Phet is the second-strongest tropical cyclone on record to develop within the Arabian Sea. Phet’s winds and heavy rains reached Oman’s east coast on the 3rd of June 2010.

Cyclone Phet, powered up from a Category 3 to a category 4 cyclon (in a scale of 5), produced heavy rainfall and extremely dangerous waves as high as 30 feets. Oman’s Government authorities also advised residents to stay away from the seas while around 10,000 people have been moved to safer areas. The consequences were grave: 25 people died, many homes, streets, bridges and infrastructures were destroyed or damaged.

It has represented a further worsening to the previous situation because Oman has already been hit in 2007 by another cyclone: Gonu. Many areas were seriously damaged and Idroesse Infrastrutture S.p.A has been appointed to follow the project of rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads, protection works and river/channel improvements in the Region of Quriyat.

Cyclone Gonu caused about €3 billion in damage and 50 deaths in Oman where the cyclone was considered the nation’s worst disaster.

More info about the Idroesse rehabilitation works in Oman.

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