Tropical storm Luban weakened to a deep depression before making landfall in Yemen on Sunday morning but brought about 535mm rainfall to the Governorate of Dhofar.
Luban made landfall 30km south of Al Ghaidah in Yemen and further moved west-northwestwards and weakened further into a depression during the day.
The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources stated that Dhofar received a record 535mm of rainfall in 16 hours from 4 pm on October 13 to 8 am on October 14. The figure is likely to go up as the governorate continued to get spells of moderate to heavy rainfall on Sunday.
The Public Authority for Civil Aviation’s National Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre stated in its bulletin on Sunday morning that the centre of the tropical system had crossed the Yemeni coast (Al Mahara).
Occasional thundershowers were expected to continue in Dhofar accompanied by overflowing wadis on Monday. “The sea’s state continues to be rough with maximum wave height ranging between 3m and 5m,” it said.
The dams of Dhofar have been significant in protecting the cities in the governorate especially the low-lying areas.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Eng Mahmoud bin Mohammed al Azri, director of Water Resources Management in Dhofar governorate, said that the dams in Salalah have been designed to withstand large volumes of rainwater flow caused due to any cyclone.
Source Credit Muscat Daily