Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Gonu Gone?!!

UPDATED! July 8th 2007

Hi all. Yes I’m back and I’m still alive!

I didn’t want to write about the cyclone GONU at first. The cyclone hit my country OMAN on June 6th, (06.06.07) But then I thought to myself that Going Banana is going international now. I have readers from outside the country & the region as well. Hence I wanted to give you a glimpse of what happened, my version of what happened.

I strongly believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. That being said, I here grant you access to exclusive and non-exclusive pictures of the effects of the cyclone on our beloved country Oman and it’s capital Muscat.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Bausher was flooded with water as well. The mosque was closed for maintenance and was only re-opened on July 5th

Our neighbors Infiniti SUV was pushed with the power of water and placed in the middle of the stream

People were rescued by boats in some areas

Seems like a Range Rover flipped up-side down

My favorite coffee shop, Second Cup was flooded too!

This is the spare tire of one of our vehicles covered with mud

Two of our cars almost covered with water


A relative's Ford Mustang messed up!

Some mountains collapsed and blocked the flow of traffic

Thank god we all are safe, I and the family :) Some of our properties have been a bit affected though. Have a look!

House: Ground floor was flooded with muddy water. Most of the Ground floor furniture is replaced. The water was almost 1m high inside the house.

Cars: Three cars were flooded. Two Toyota camrys’ 2003 model and a Honda Accord 1997 Model. The dealer asked for 3200 OMR for repairs (8,250 US $) for one of the two camrys’ while we are still waiting for the quotation for the second one. The Honda was fixed in a garage but it still malfunctions every now and then.

One of the most busiest roads in Qurum, Muscat

This is how a village would look like after being flooded

Stuck in the middle!

A waterfall formed after whole portions of roads fell down

The challenge was just to begin. After the flooding struck most parts of Muscat, a number of roads were disconnected and some areas weren't reachable without a 4X4 vehicle. Some areas were suffering from having no water, while others suffered having no electricity! And of course there were some of the areas suffering both! We didn't have water in our house from Thursday June 7th till Monday July 11th. You can imagine how life is like without running water in your residence! No water in the bathrooms, in the kitchen nor for washing clothes!

On Thursday, June 7th the whole family gathered around the TV. Our eyes teared from the pictures showing the amount of destruction Muscat suffered. I couldn't sit at home on the next day, not when I know that volunteers are needed almost everywhere! This is how I started working as a volunteer.

This is the place which I and my friend went to, Oman Charitable Organization

A police patrol parked along with police personals to ensure that law and order in the place

A full truck of water donated by one of the sheikhes of Oman to the OCO

Volunteers were Omanis and non-Omanis. All working hand by hand

You can see the piles of water unloaded from the truck. Such a truck would take less than an hour to be unloaded

One of the most hard working volunteers I saw! He would work from early morning till almost late evening

This is what happens if you start ditributing the food and water directly to the public

This was one of the BOMBS! lol! A truck full with everything to be unloaded!

The main thing we had to do as volunteers is to unload the trucks coming to the main building of the Oman Charitable Organization as donations. The second step would be loading some other 4X4 trucks with a variety of food supplies and cartoons of water. Those four-wheel drives would be responsible for distributing the food and the water among the people of the affected areas. When we had time in the late afternoons and early evenings, we would classify the food supplies and put each sort of food together. This made our life much more easier when time comes for loading the trucks. In the first three days there was a huge shortage of bread and water in the whole area. I participated in distributing those two to the needy people coming to us. Moreover I personally went along with a couple of trucks to Southern Al Hail to distribute food supplies and water in the area. We arrived in the area at almost 8.30pm and ended at 12.30am! My other fellows who went to places severely affected by the floodings such as Aamrat and Quryiat took a whole day to finish up the task! Yes, I mean 24 hours by saying a whole day. This was mainly because the trip to reach these areas would take around 5 hours and another 5 hours to come back. The most difficult and tiring task was to reach the affected people and distribute the supplies.

And last and not least; I want to mention that many people are homeless while many others lost properties, cars and other stuff. The picture I am presenting to you here does not necessarily describe the reality. Many lost their lives in the cyclone. We pray for them that Allah grand them forgiveness and his paradise. Amin!

Cyclone hits Oman
for more pictures from BBC, check this out...

Gonu Relief Blog
Amjad, Sleepless in Muscat and other bloggers started a relief blog. Check it out!

Gonu in YouTube eyes

Many videos can be found on youtube.

22 Person(s) Gone Banana!:

R2K said...


sensation said...

r2k ...
Welcome to my blog :)

Thanks for the little kitty! :P

Missy said...

i didnt know that u were back in town! :P
ahaam shaaaay u and ur family are safe .. fel 7deed walla feekom :D

sweetness said...

Finally a new post =) .. Missed them ya ..

They used to call 6th of June a devil day,lol.And it showed it's devilness this year as well !

Thanks god everything went fine and insha'allah won't come back again =)

Waiting for ur picture when u was helping them there =P !

sensation said...

Yup, i'm back! :P
Thank God we are all fine :)
Thank you for your sweet words ;) :D

Thank you dear, you should update too! :P
Thank you for checking my blog all the time :D

Now the comment about my picture is a nice one! hahahahaaa!!!
Sure, I will post some pictures of what we have been doing there but not of me! Some other guys ;) :p

sweetness said...

I don't think anyone will pass by not showing your picture off =P !

\/\/aitinG =D


Just kidding ;)
Don't take it seriously ^_^

Amjad said...

Glad to hear that you and your family survived from Gonu and nothing happened to you.

Oh man, your post is TOO LATE! =p .. You should've posted this way back! It's good to hear from you again anyways.

BTW, I just want to point out that The Grand Mosque is re-opened! =) They re-opened it on the 5th of July.

I am looking forward to seeing the pictures of the guys activity in helping and volunteering.. please share the pictures if it's possible.

sensation said...


Thank you bro. Thanks God we are all fine and sound :)

Well on the first days we were busy with cleaning the house and replacing the furniture. On the other hand I got a bit busy with volunteering. Once I was done with all that we started the summer courses! lol! One thing followed the other, you know. Adding to that the fact that i'm a lazy blogger! :P

Regarding the pictures, you bet! :) The pictures will be coming up either today or tomorrow :)

Amjad said...

Thanks for the update and pictures buddy!

sensation said...

You are more than welcome :)
Anything for you, anything! Buddy ;) :D

Red Dragon said...

This is the Omani power...

Guno distroy and we rebuilt our Oman to a better place...

our bound is strong...

sensation said...

red dragon...
Hola man! :)
I couldn't agree more with what you said :)

Thank you for your comment

Meticulousness said...

All of that water have faded as fast as it came, it leaves you wondering though..

Nella said...

Ahoy! ^_^

first of all, r_2k's comment looks like a bunny more than a kitty to me 9ara7ah..

anyways lol
your personal picture is like ultimate 7amas man! me like!
and the Gonu pics are also ultimate 7amas..that was an interesting read.

since i haven't blogged for awhile too, that makes the missing mutual ne? ;)

here! download this ok? : http://www.speedyshare.com/152491254.html


sensation said...

True! It was a matter of hours! :s

Thank you for your comment :)

It's a kitty with long ears, haven't you seen one? :thinking:

My personal picture rocks, eh? :D
I thought the same as well ;)

I'm glad that you liked the post :)
Actually I have posts already written but I just wanted to see more comments on this post! lol!
This was one of the events I don't think I'll ever forget. You know what I mean, ne? Anyways, Thank you for the comment :D

I'm downloading the file :p

Amjad said...

What is that file? lol .. I'm curious! :-p .. Shall I download it too?

sensation said...

Amjad is trying to look all innocent and cute! As if he hasn't downloaded the file already! :p

It's a song! Go ahead and download it. While you are at it, remember that it was meant to be for me! :evil:

Very.Q8ya said...

I hope that everything is going fine with U&family .. matshofoon shar inshallah! il pictures sij sij Yekhar3oon =/

sensation said...

^^ Thank you for passing by :)
Allah yeslmik el sharr ma ygeech ya rab :)

G-chan said...

I'm glad that your family and yourself are fine. This must've been the scariest thing ever!

It's good that you volunteered and stuff. Nice move :)

I hope that everything is back to normal. *I know this is late :)*

Nice post....showed how serious and huge this thing was!

Ciao :D

sensation said...

Thank you!
Well, yeah ... but in a way or another, it taught us many lessons! Now I can feel the pain and misery of people going through similar incidents... i absolutely know now how it feels to lose sth you have had for years!

FAITH said...

Liked your coverage. well done ya bu senso..

Allah la y3eed hathi el ayam, it'd have been cooler if you added something like, lessons I learned from Gonu...