Wednesday, June 06, 2007

updated news bulletin - part 9: aftermath still not safe


By Thursday 2am, Cyclone GONU would have skewed off completely off course and headed to the ocean water between Northern UAE and Southern Iran.

There has been various damage reports so far from friends, and relatives in the Muscat area reporting that the entire Qurum area has been flooded again, the walkway taking you towards the 'love road' has now entirely collapsed due to heavy rainfalls. In Khuwair, there has been a collapse of a sunshade over the cars by the wall toppling over them due to heavy downpour that is near the court. There is now no way in or out of the Qurum area even with the most powerful 4WD you own. The entire turning towards the Shatti Al Qurum on the service road from Madinat Qaboos has been totally flooded to the top.

Oman TV has lost it's power as well as some residents in the Madinat Qaboos area. So far no casualties or injuries have been claimed yet it is still unsafe to go out in the current weather.

It is predicted that the entire Al Wadi Al Kabir area has been flooded, too because of the heavy rains as it happened in last March's heavy downpour. There is still continued heavy rain and strong winds that would eventually die out soon enough according to images provided by the BBC World Service probably between 2am and 2pm Thursday.

CNN.com has posted another report on the situation, to read and watch the video also - click here.

To see the animated satellite images for Cyclone GONU, click here.

This is a video that has been uploaded on YouTube by an Omanforum user.

If you are in the Sultanate of Oman and cannot get the Oman TV signal, just switch onto 100Mhz FM - Shabab FM. They should have the latest updates.

Stay put, keep safe.

The way things are going now the eye of the storm is far far away from Muscat but we'll all experience moderate to light showers during the night. By morning time, everything would have cleared up.

If you are outside of Oman and worried over your loved ones, please call them up now since there has been loss in telecommunication and power in several parts of Muscat and the rest of the Sultanate.
We're going to survive..

11 comments:

flowerchild said...

Thanks for the update :)
I'm surprised u still have electricity where u are cuz every other person i've spoken to has said there's no power in their area.
Looks like the Qurum n WadiKabir are the places that've been most effected.
I just saw on the news in one of the Indian channels here that 15 people have been swept away because of the floods and the wadi. And that some building has also collapsed. Wonder how much of this is actually true.
Hoping that there is minimal loss of lives.

Amjad said...

You've been doing a great job, Ali. Thanks again for the updates.

Kavita said...

Hi there,

Thanks for all the updates. I just came across ur blog today. I'm in Bombay and my parents are in Al-Khuwair and I'd spoken to them yesterday when they'd heard something about heavy flooding in Qurum and Madinat Qaboos area. Hopefully all is well in Al-Khuwair. where in Muscat are you? How are the water levels?

Sleepless In Muscat said...

flowerchild:

You're quite welcome. We've had electricity all night but our communications were all down until early this morning - such mobiles, land lines, and internet. That is why I couldn't update much more on the situation.

Amjad:

You're very welcome.

Kativa:

I have no idea about the water levels so far because I have not ventured into the streets as of yet. But I hear Qurum and Wadi are totally up to their knees as well as Shatti Al Qurum. I hope there's minimal damage and no loss in life.

explanethings said...

Thank you so much for your posts. You have given me no end of peace and comfort. My husband is in the Sultanate and I've been unable to reach him.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

explanethings:

I suggest you keep trying. Eventually all communications will be restored. Have patience and pray for your husband.

Per Your Request said...

Great job with all the updates. You were my source of news. Im glad your ok, and I look forward to read abt what happened after the storm.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Per Your Request:

glad to be still in one piece! :P

I had driven around about some close areas to get an idea about the damage.

I will be posting about them in the next update.

toasterhead said...

I've been following your blog from the US - glad to see you're okay!

Anonymous said...

hello sleepless...thanx a bunch for keeping us updated abt gonu...ur blogs have been the best news provider so far.Do u have any news from Sur?My sister and family are in the coastal area of sur and since yesterday there has been no communication.We r worried sick and has been trying to get some sort of communication from somewhrere...please ,can u help us?

Sleepless In Muscat said...

toasterhead:

thanks. I appreciate your words and I also appreciate how you mentioned me in your blog.

we need all the help we can get on this please inform anyone you know about the latest post on this blog.

Many thanks.

Anonymous:

I answered your query in the latest post on my blog (part 10 & 11). Please refer to them.