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Oman hit with $220m in storm damage

Desalination plants, electricity and water pipes, homes, shopping areas and hundreds of cars were damaged

Oman hit with $220m in storm damage

Winter rain and storm damage has caused more than OMR85 million ($220 million) worth of damage this week, a government official told the Times of Oman reported.

"The reconstruction cost could go well above 85 million rials. The damages include roads, bridges, government buildings, private homes, schools and hospitals," a civil defence department official was quoted as saying.

Many parts of the sultanate were hit by heavy rain, winds of up to 80 km per hour. Desalination plants, electricity and water pipes, homes, shopping areas and hundreds of cars were damaged and a police had to evacuate patients from the Al Nahdha Hospital in Muscat.

Much of the Gulf area was hit by heavy rain this week, with three people losing their lives in the UAE and 756 traffic accidents reported in Dubai in just eight hours.