Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ras Sidr flood update.

                               Public Beach #2 at Ras Sidr right of the Petrol Company. (This should be a sandy beach )                                       

                                                               Public beach #2 at Ras Sidr to the left of petrol company.

The Sinai flood which claimed 2 lives in the village of Abu Suweir last month has left many areas still devastated.
                                                                              Public Beach #2 should be sand.

The families which were moved into tents by the Army when their homes were destroyed have now this week been moved back to their newly built homes built by the Army, but much land on the coastal strip of Abu Suweir is still waterlogged.

Many pools of water which have not drained away can still be seen one month after the flood on either side of the Main Road through the Ras Sidr district, where seeds lain dormant for many years have suddenly sprouted, making the onlooker wonder what the desert would look like if Sinai or any desert for that matter sustained a prolonged period of rainfall.
                                                              Road linking Ras Sidr to the resorts to the South flooded.

The Ramada/Sinai Stars Resort.

                                                                 The jetty prior to the flood.

                                                       Both diving jetty's have now been washed away in the flood.

                   If you compare both photos above the sea level has risen approx 2 metre

The Jetty at the resort has been partially destroyed by the flood. In what looks more like the aftermath of a Tsunami rather than water rolling off the Gebel Sinai, portions of the jetty deck have been swept into the sea. The force of the flood must have been incredible. The entire end section is now gone where the fishermen used to fish from.

                                                                                          Collapsed jetty sundeck.

The sandy beach has lost at least 20 feet of it's frontage, where the sand has been washed into the sea. Just beyond the sandy beach is a large lagoon area (photo above ) now of fresh water which has rolled off the Gebel Sinai down onto the resort.
The 'Mistral Kite Surfers' Hut is now almost at the waters edge and empty of Kite surfing equipment.

Hammam Pharoun.
The road leading to Hammam Pharoun from the Main Road to the Pharoah's cave has seen much destruction although it is still possible to get to the Hammam.
Portions of the Tarmac road have collapsed and are not navigable by car or coach. The Army has built a a small detour road, but it does not, as it used to, go straight down to the cave now.
Cars and Coaches now have to park just prior to it, and visitors now have to walk about 30yds or so to the cave.
The obvious sweeping rainfall coming directly off the Gebal Hammam Pharoun has swept the main strip of sandy beach which used to have the spring water running through it away. There is however still a thin strip of beach where the springs emerge and small bubbling geysers can be seen in the sandy pools. In actual fact it looks better than before, and still has large visible deposits of Sulphur all along the sand at the emerging springs.

The after affects of the flood do not seem to have affected the number of visitors to the Hammam. When we were there, there were still plenty of Egyptian families coating themselves in the hot mineral sands, along with a few groups of both boy and girl Egyptian scouts, a few coaches of Europeans, and a few coaches of Malaysian and Indonesian tourists.

Oyun Musa Springs.
The Desert off the Main Road at Oyun Musa in portions is still flooded. It now just looks like there are more hot springs and they do not affect driving or navigating through Oyun Musa. The Bedouin Village of Oyun Musa is an Oasis on a high elevation and was not affected by the flood.

Ras Sidr Town.
Ras Sidr Town has not been affected due to it's elevation, although the coastal area, and low lying areas are still waterlogged . Both public beaches are unaffected as flood waters have now receeded.