Jamia alumni concerned as superstorm Sandy leaves US paralyzed
OT, October 30, 2012 10:28 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
The arrival of hurricane Sandy in the US, the biggest storms ever to rattle the country, has not only made its citizens jittery but many around the world are concerned about the well being of their relatives, friends and acquaintance staying there.
Far away from US, in New Delhi’s Okhla too some residents are keeping an eye on the development. Some are using social networking sites to know the conditions of their beloved one based in the US.
Okhla resident and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) alumnus Asad Haider Zaidi wrote on Facebook: “Sandy Baba is coming.... Hope you all remain safe! Take care... and stay indoors.” The post was tagged to Zainab Zaidi, Sana Raza, Faraz Abdi, Veena Karthikeyan and others.
In reply, Sana Raza wrote: “Everything is fine so far...”
JMI alumni living in far countries like the Middle East and Kuwait too are deeply concerned about the well being of their colleagues. Senior JMI alumnus Ali Arshad, based in Kuwait, wrote on Facebook page of Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni-JMIA: “Wishing you all JMI alumni staying in US to be safe and trouble free. May God take care of you all and Sandy Hurricane does no harm or damage anyone and anything. God bless.”
Another Dubai-based JMI alumnus Zubair Irshad wrote: “The most affected areas are Washington DC, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. It is hard time indeed as per prediction.” Cities with big population like Baltimore and Philadelphia are also under storm’s threat.
Reports coming out from the country pointed out about floods across New York. Following the slamming of Sandy into eastern US, more than one million residents have been force to evacuate areas. Also, transport has been shut down and the most-talked about presidential campaign has been interrupted.
The National Hurricane Center confirmed that more than 3 million customers were without power.
Till the filing of the report the death of two people has been confirmed by the police. The city was rocked by high winds and flooding. Heavy snows are also predicted.
The weather in India’s Tamil Nadu too has too changed with a deep depression over Bay of Bengal. Fearing the worst in coming days, schools in Chennai have been closed. Coastal areas could face the heat, according to the Met department. Cities that received heavy rains in the morning included Chennai, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore and Villupuram.
The Met department said: “The system would intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move westwards for some more time and come very close to Sri Lanka coast and then move northwestwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nagapattinam and Nellore by tomorrow afternoon.” Heavy rainfall up to 25 cm has been forecast.
The changing weather will have impact on Delhi too. Chances are high that winter would come soon.
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