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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 40
June 13, 2007 / IFNet secretariat

FLASH NEWS

Cyclone Gonu slamming Oman and Iran

Cyclone Gonu lashed Oman on Wednesday (6th June, 2007) as thousands of people were
evacuated in the Gulf state and neighboring Iran for the strongest tropical storm to hit the
region in
the past dozens of years.

1. DAMAGE
[OMAN]
Cyclone Gonu damaged roads and bridges connecting Oman's eastern provinces with the
capital Muscat and caused floods and landslides. In central Muscat streets became turbulent
rivers, trees were uprooted and power lines cut.

[IRAN]
Flooding caused by Cyclone Gonu damaged villages in the coastal provinces of Hormuzgan,
Kerman and Sistan-Baluchestan and knocked out electricity and telecommunications in some
areas. Roads, bridges and villages were also hit.

Hundreds of villages in Sistan-Baluchistan, Hormozghan and Kerman Provinces remain
surrounded by water with roads being cut off. The floods blocked the road access to 350 villages
in Sistan-Baluchistan, more than 100 villages in Kerman and 20 villages in Hormozghan.
In Chahbahar and Konarak villages of Sistan-Baluchistan, 160,000 people have been trapped
due to the floods.
Power and telephone lines were cut by the winds and floods. In the Jask City
alone, 70 percent of the houses were damaged to varying degrees.
The floods in the three provinces are expected to have negative impact on the farming and
stockbreeding.
A dam 40 km (25 miles) north of the town of Nikshahr had been destroyed.


2. NUMBER OF DEAD AND MISSING PERSON (as of June 12, 2007)
[OMAN]
    Dead : 49
     Missing : 27


[IRAN]
    Dead : 23
     Seriously injured : 9



3. LOCATION
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/fullMaps_Sa.nsf/luFullMap/
FFE08304CB602AE6C12572F400493178/$File/rw_TC_omn070608.pdf?
OpenElement
(Reliefweb)


4. GFAS RAINFALL INFORMATION
According to GFAS, daily precipitation exceeding 5-year return period was observed on
June 07 in the Gulf of Oman (Fig.1).



Fig.1: GFAS Excess area map of 5-year return period precipitation (in red)
June 07, 2007


Please check GFAS page:
http://gfas.internationalfloodnetwork.org/gfas-web


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