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Camping in Wadis / trekking in Snake gorge

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 2:04 am    Post subject: Camping in Wadis / trekking in Snake gorge Reply with quote

This is just a word of warning to especially newcomers / visitors to be careful in Wadis at any time of the year.
Arrow Flash floods can occur even in the summer time. I have enclosed an article from 1996 which describes an accident in Wadi Bani Awf - Snake gorge.
Apparently these unlucky people didnít camp at the time of the flash flood, but I have spoken to others who have been surprised by a flash flood at night time ( Wadi Daykah - lower part)
Take care!
Here are some links showing wadis in Oman:
http://www.geocities.com/mietvanzeeeland/oman03baniawf.htm http://home.hetnet.nl/~lilian_jan_schreurs/oman/Snakegorge.htm
http://www.geocities.com/Baja/Dunes/5260/wadis/wadispage.htm


Floods kill 7 in Rostaq

MUSCAT -Seven Westerners - all expatriate residents of Oman - were killed when flash floods engulfed a group of holiday makers touring the scenic Wadi Bani Awf in Wilayat Rostaq on Friday, an ROP press statement said.
Seven others were injured in the incident, while a search is under way for another missing member.
The victims included two women -Karen Solt of Britain and Greland Barrow of Holland. The rest were identified as Andrew Delor, Denis Worik and William Loafe of Britain and Captain Scott and Zane May of the United States.
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According to the statement the flash floods surprised a group of 26 expatriates of different nationalities, who were trekking through Wadi Bani Awf on Friday. The floods were triggered by a spell of heavy rains in the wilayats of Rostaq and Al Awabi, causing severe wadi flows in the region.

Alerted by reports of a drowning incident in the wadi on Friday, the Rostaq police unit dispatched a rescue helicopter from the Police Aviation Administration, and simultaneously mobilised a major rescue operation.
While 16 holiday makers scrambled to safety after being swept for some distance by the roaring flood waters, seven were reported drowned.
The ROP rescue team retrieved three bodies on Friday evening, and four more early yesterday morning after an intensive overnight search. The latter four bodies were found lodged among rocks between steep mountains in an inaccessible part of the wadi.
Several helicopters were deployed in the rescue effort, the ROP statement. said. Local residents and citizens also assisted the ROP personnel in the rescue mission.
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Later, the bodies of the British victims were claimed by a representative of the British Embassy, without a post-mortem having been performed on them, at the representativeís behest. Following the tragedy, the ROP urged citizens and residents to exercise caution and especially avoid wadi beds in the event of showers in the vicinity. An official source of the British Embassy, meanwhile, said the tragedy occurred at 2.30 pm on Friday when several groups of holiday makers were camping between jagged mountains in the wadi. British Consul Colin Reynolds was coordinating with the rescue mission which had helped a group of British return safely to Muscat. The US embassy also confirmed the death of two air servicemen who were on a brief assignment in the Sultanate. Three other Americans who belonged to the same group survived the tragedy, according to an official source of the
embassy.
Picturesque Wadi Bani Auf is one of four spectacular wadis in Rostaq wilayat that attract tourists. It cuts a narrow swathe through steep, rocky mountains and meanders on for about 26 kilometres. Scenic date orchards and perennial springs are some of the attractions along this serpentine route. Also called 'Snake Gorge' by some local residents, large stretches of the wadi are barely 10 to 20 metres wide, with towering mountains on either side.

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