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Monday, 9 November 2015

Panic, deaths as Yemen's Socotra hit by new cyclone

As Megh flew straight over Socotra Island, this cyclone was ever worse than Chapala!
Although no casualties were made by Chapala, this time it did when a house collapsed and 2 people died. Many are wounded and losts of houses destroyed, help is on the way by the Emirates Red Cresent (ERC).


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Strenght to all Soqotri !

No words...

After the Chapala storm Tropical Cyclone Megh strengthening on approach to Socotra Island, Yemen

Yemen's Socotra Island just endured Cyclone Chapala and just a week later is facing a second tropical cyclone: Megh. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Megh and captured data on the strengthening storm on Nov., 6.

See details here

There was no record of a cyclone of Category 4 strength or stronger tracking as far south in the Arabian Sea prior to Chapala.
You may wonder, then, if there is any record of back-to-back cyclones within roughly a week's time affecting this region of the Arabian Sea.

Read more details here

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Chapala passed:

Three people killed (later said no one died), many wounded, infrastructure washed away or flooded... lots of work to fully recover!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

75 tonnes of food and medical supplies delivered for people of Socotra

Yemeni officials and the population of Socotra have received, with extreme joy, the 14th relief plane sent by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KF). It carried 75 tonnes of food and medical supplies

Talk: Discovery of Ancient Indian Ocean Caves

Francine Stone was led by chance into an unusual cave with inscrutable petroglyphs in its depths on the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean while working in Yemen as a researcher, historian, and environmental conservationist. Her academic specialty is in the early and medieval human geography of the Red Sea coast, Southern Arabia and Gulf of Aden.
Stone said, “The Indian Ocean Island of Socotra is a unique world on its surface and an astonishing legacy is to be found in its caves. Who were the ancient peoples who went deep into the Island’s darkness? What do we make of the signs –made in wonder, made in awe? - they left on those cavern walls?

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Karst and Caves of Sulawesi...

Based on the last finds as described below, I had to check it out...

And yes, they do look magnificent and there is probably still much more waiting to be discovered!