UAE residents anxious for news

DUBAI — Residents in Dubai are anxiously saying prayers and waiting to hear news from loved ones, as Hurricane Sandy continued to batter the United States and knock out power.

By Lily B. Libo-on

Published: Wed 31 Oct 2012, 12:54 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:36 PM

Filipino Lily Saavedra, a resident of Dubai for seven years, is worried about her daughter, Mary and her family in New York.

“I tried to call her but her voice is intermittent. So I resorted to Facebook to see how she is and the family. Power is out, and strong gusty winds have battered the area. She said, ‘Mum pray for us’.”

American Kathy Hyde, who has been living in Dubai for 15 years, said she had friends and family living up and down the country’s worst-hit East Coast, while some British friends were visiting New York for the first time currently.

“I think a lot of the power’s out, so people are having difficulty getting on Facebook.”

The New Jersey native had family still in the storm-battered city, and said she was certain they would have flooding in their houses, though she was yet to hear from them to learn the extent of damage. She said she had been glued to American news throughout the day, watching the storm unfold.

“You’re just watching roofs getting ripped off — I just hope the United States can recover quickly.”

Indian Krishna Seshadri, a resident of Dubai for 19 years, said it was difficult to comprehend what was happening in the country, as he waited for news from his daughter who was at University in Boston.

“ much less affected by the rest of the typhoon-hit areas, but there is power outages all over.”

His daughter, Shruthi, 22, is working part-time outside of Boston City and so reporting to work is difficult as the public transport is affected.

“She still has to check late today whether the public transport is...available.”

Consultant John Larson, a Boston native based in Dubai for the past 15 years, said he had been in touch with friends and family who had experienced wind and rain, “but nothing too dramatic”.

His Boston-based parents had made contact with him to reassure him, but he would continue to keep an eye on developments.

“You naturally worry about your folks, you know my parents are older...there’s a limited amount they can handle.”

While families here are trying to get in touch with their loved ones in the US, UAE flag carriers have delayed flights to and from the East Coast.

On Monday, Etihad Airways delayed flights to and from New York by up to 16 hours, while Emirates airline also delayed flights to and from Washington due to the continuing severe weather conditions caused by the so-called super storm.

Earlier, eight Emirates flights and two Etihad flights had been cancelled.

Both airlines advised passengers to check their websites for updates.

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