The Sultanate of Oman will begin operating an early warning system in early
2015. The system is designed for the water-related hazards that the country
faces. In addition to Makran tsunamis, Oman is subject to far-field tsunamis
from the Sunda Trench, tropical cyclones, and flash floods. Tropical cyclones
in Oman caused more than 60 fatalities in 2007 (Gonu) and an estimate 727
deaths in 1890. Most years produce flash floods that pose hazards to life and
property along wadis.
Under a 2009 agreement with Oman's Ministry of Transport and
Communication, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of
UNESCO has been providing technical support for the National Multi Hazard
Early Warning System (NMHEWS) of Oman under the Public Authority for
Civil Aviation (PACA). Beginning in 2010, the IOC and the Omani
government have collaborated in developing, as part of NMHEWS, a Tsunami
Early Warning System (TEWS). The system includes monitoring, data
processing, Standard Operating Procedures. Currently, the NMHEWS project
is expected to be fully operational by early 2015.