Dubai: In the aftermath of the devastation caused by the Cyclone Gonu in Oman, Indian community has decided to join the massive relief efforts launched by the Omani government, especially in Muscat Municipality.
However, realizing that the Indian community effort required coordination, the Indian Embassy in Muscat has requested two construction firms - Galfar and Teejan and the Hindu Mahajan Association to establish logistic hubs at several locations.
“The local Indian business houses and communities have been requested to channelize their resources to these hubs. Local Indian volunteers and Indian Embassy officials have fanned out to various regions of Muscat Municipality to determine areas of need and coordinate efforts with these hubs for distribution of supplies,” said J.K. Tripathi, Charge de Affaires, at the Indian embassy in Oman.
The engineering firms and local volunteers have also been roped in to clear the debris and sand in the area.
Giving details of the relief efforts, Tripathy said the Indian Embassy has sent two teams to Qurriat and Sur to assess the situation and coordinate for relief distribution.
The Control Room established by the Indian Embassy has been involved in receiving telephone calls from India and elsewhere. It has also established communication with families who have been rendered incommunicado due to destruction of telephone lines, he said.
The Embassy has informed that those Indians whose passports have been damaged or destroyed in the cyclone would be issued new passports.