“We have collected more than 8,000 tonnes of solid waste. Along with this waste we collected carcass weighing around 106 tonnes, green waste and other solid items that are yet to be quantified,” Khamis Marhoon al Siyabi, Municipal Solid Waste Operations, Head of Department, Be’ah mentioned.
Be’ah has engaged all its sources to clear locations of garbage in different wilayats of Dhofar following Cyclone Mekunu. “Dhofar Municipality too collected waste and carcasses as part of their general clean-up operations since they are in charge of general cleaning in the governorate. This means overall quantity is much higher,” Siyabi mentioned.
He mentioned that Be’ah does not have precise information at the moment about the classification of dead animals but it is estimated to be 1,252 assuming typical weight of an animal is 85.2kg. “This translates into a daily average of about 140 carcasses collected during this period compared to a normal daily average in the month of March as an example of 58 carcasses.”
Siyabi mentioned that Be’ah faced several obstacles and continues to face the identical whilst carrying out clean-up activities.
“The first challenge was that the accumulated municipal solid waste was huge. Water had entered many houses and a lot of properties got damaged. So people threw out those damaged bulky waste household items mixed with other municipal waste. We have more than 16,000 bins in the Governorate of Dhofar and it took us more than half an hour in some cases to clean each bin compared to less than a minute per bin under normal operational conditions. So you can imagine the amount of waste that had accumulated in and around each bin. This slowed down our work.”
Another hindrance was harm to roads. “Even if we sent our trucks for collection, many roads were cut-off. The next challenge was that water had accumulated in different areas and we could not reach many of the bins. The soil too had become loose. So, when our trucks entered several areas to collect waste, they got stuck. The collaboration and collective efforts of various entities such as Dhofar Municipality and volunteers helped restore the situation.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily