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Rockslide kills 14 in Oman

Civil defense members and rescue teams carry out works after a stone collapse at a quarry in Oman's Ibri province leaves 11 people dead on 31 March 2022. [Oman Civil Defense And Fire Dept. - Anadolu Agency]
Civil defense members and rescue teams carry out works after a stone collapse at a quarry in Oman's Ibri province leaves 11 people dead on 31 March 2022. [Oman Civil Defense And Fire Dept. - Anadolu Agency]

At least 14 people were killed in a rockslide in the northwest of Oman, the country's civil defense authority said on Sunday, Anadolu reports.

Five people were also injured in the rockslide, which took place on March 27 in a quarry in Al-Dhahiran province, the Civil Defense and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) said in a statement.

The statement said five workers trapped in the quarry were rescued.

The CDAA, however, did not give details about the nationalities of the victims. Local media, however, suggested that at least six of the victims were Asians.

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

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