Wednesday, June 06, 2007

updated news bulletin - part 7: impact


The rain has not stopped since last night 1am Oman Main Time accompanied by strong winds. It seems as though that the sea has come out to join in on the calamity party by going inland up to 300 meters in Athaiba, Seeb and Shatti Al Qurum.

So far, there is no damage report about the situation but it has been rumored that some 16 Indian nationals have been saved from drowning somewhere on the coast. Airport flights have been cancelled mostly but hopefully all will be restored when the storm brews over.

We've had some power disconnections during the night which is the reason why I haven't slept at all in addittion to the sound of the downpour outside on the street.

There have been reports also that now the storm is moving along directly to Iran. But will pass by the coast of Muscat around 12 noon (around 2 and a half hours from now). With all this rain there is a certainty that there has been floods around the Muscat area but unknown even now.

The Royal Oman Police has warned the residents of Muscat to go further inland and preferrably to higher grounds before the eye of the storm passes by Muscat to lessen the casualties to a minimum. They have also asked everyone in Muscat not to venture the street amidst the stormy weather during this period unnecessarily for fear over their lives.

The BBC has updated its news report on Oman with a video, to view it, click here. For an overview over the situation at the airports, click here.

12 comments:

flowerchild said...

16 Indian nationals? Athaiba? I have family stayin there :(

Sleepless In Muscat said...

I suggest you call them up, then.

Anonymous said...

I am from Athaiba, everything is so quite here but in a scary way.

flowerchild said...

I just spke to them. alls fine. there's still no elecrticity where they are right now.
Thanks a lot for all ur updates

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Anonymous-12:39:

Inshallah everything will be ok. for the latest weather reports go to http://weather.yahoo.com. Click on MidEast. Then go to Oman. Then select Muscat. This will tell you in detail what is expected next.

Inshallah everything will be alright. No need to be scared because the storm is now heading towards Iran and is staying in the sea.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

You're most welcome.

Your best action right now is just to pray that this will all go away soon.

Everything will be alright.

flowerchild said...

Yes hope and n pray everything goes well for everyone's sake.
keep safe.

Amjad said...

Ali, thanks for all these updates about the cyclone and rains.

If you don't mind, I left a link of your blog in my last post on my blog, and asked my readers to visit your blog for up-to-dates news about the cyclone.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Amjad:

You're welcome. And sure, cross post all you like. :D

Anonymous said...

How long before you plan your next update. Right now you seem to be the best up to date ground zero info there is on the whole WWW. There don't seem to be any nesw reporters in situ!

According to the sat images the eyewall is close to Muscat.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Anonymous-3:15:

Soon enough.

:o)

Anonymous said...

wat's it like in ruwi/darsait??r u getting internet connection?were do u stay in muscat?