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Oman sees reported fires increase by more than 10%

The coastline of Muscat, Oman. (Shutterstock)
DUBAI: The number of fires reported in Oman rose by 13 percent from 2015 to 2016 according to figures published by the National Center for Statistics (NCSI).

There were a total of 4,157 fires reported across the country in 2016, the report explained.

“1,100 fires broke out in residential houses, from a total of 4,157 fires around the Sultanate in 2016,” a NCSI statement was quoted as saying by the Times of Oman.

Of this total, the Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance (PACDA) said 354 were farm fires due to the inappropriate disposal of agricultural waste – and that, the report added, was a problem that was still occurring.