Rockslide Kills 10 People in Mountainous Northwest of Oman

Oman authorities on Thursday said that at least 10 people have lost their lives after a rockslide sent giant slabs of stone cascading into a quarry in the northwest of Oman earlier this week.

Oman’s Ambulance Authority said that the incident happened in Irbi, in Oman’s mountains north, where the rescue team is still searching for at least four other people buried under the rubble of the quarry.

The rescue team was able to bring out the dead bodies of  10 people, the authorities said, but did not provide more information about the nationalities of the victims.

But on Wednesday, Oman emergency authorities confirmed that seven Pakistanis were killed while four others went missing in the incident in Ibri, while another Pakistani is injured and under treatment.

The Pakistani Embassy in Oman said that they are closely coordinating with host authorities in the search and rescue operation. Two officers of the Embassy visited Ibri and met the aggrieved families and workers, the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy also offered complete support and ensured that the formalities for the repatriation of bodies will be completed at the earliest.

However, the Ambulance Authority said that further slides in the wake of the deadly collapse were hampering rescue efforts at the quarry.

Such landslides are typically caused by the infiltration of groundwater, which sends the rain-loosened earth and rock roaring down.

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