Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Street Experiences


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 5th October 2009, 16:44   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
goandude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 1,323
Thanked: 428 Times
Default Deluge, flash floods and mudslides: South Goa

Hi, Had this experience I thought would like to share since there are some take home points.
Wife and self needed to go to Karwar on 2 Oct for a two day work trip. The VDI had 4740 km on the odo and wanted to finish the 5000 km 2nd service. as i intend to travel to mumbai or bangy and didnt want to have to do the service outside goa.

It was raining when we started at 10 but no big deal, in goa it rains. So this is how it looked when we were 50 km into the trip.
The terrain is hilly all along the HN17 and at one point we were confronted with a patch of 30 meters of road submerged in fast flowing water. I waited and another swift crossed in front of me so with a prayer on my lips I crossed 1st gear 1600 rpm. it was scary with water splashing on the front of the bonnet. but got across. thereafter all was well.
5 km later stopped by the police and told road to karwar blocked due to mud slide.

went back to a place on nh17 where we couild park the car stretch our legs and wait. time now 1200. It was raining non stop. found a shed in front a doctors dispensary, this had his esteem parked in it with adequate space for my car too. so parked and made small talk about the weather. Now this shed was close to a river and we could see the river rising. also noticed that the traffic on NH 17 had completely stopped.

The doctor at the dispensary was a kind man who invited me over to his house a kilometer away for shelter and food. In this kilometer a part of the road that was ok a little while ago was submerged too. His esteem stalled in the water and i who was following him had to move around him so that i did not stop. 2nd scary moment. his house was on the side of the nh and both wife and self glued our eyes to the highway for any sign of traffic. At about 1630 sow some car movement and then decided to move to karwar.

The road to karwar thereafter was OK flood water at the side of the road, with a mud slide just before the Kali bridge where the road is cut thru high rock. now with the sea to our right and flood water in karwar the pwd decided to cut the road so that the water could drain out.

Waiting here a guy comes up to me and says "your silver Dzire?" Me "yes" He "Hi i'm suv from team bhp and I saw the sticker on your car"
What a comfort as time was 1730, my first visit to karwar town and becoming dark fast. Suv was with wife and another couple headed for bangy but could not go furthur as South of karwar was a big landslide. So he had to stay in karwar for the night. He was very helpful in finding us a room and dropped us there after finding another way into karwar town.

To cut along story short, Karwar was totally cut off from the outside world for 24 hours. finally found out that I would of been one of the last few to cross the flooded stretch of road before the road was washed away. Road repaired by afternoon of 3rd and we headed back to goa.

Moral of the story: seeing the swiftly flowing stream I should of turned back. In this particular case as (a) home was 50 km away. (b) I didnt know the condition of the road after this whcih could have been broken and reaching karwar would be impossible (c) Journey to karwar was not critical.
In other circumstances may of needed to press on.
Some pics.

The gratitude to that unknown doctor who helped us out, and suv for a big moral boost
Attached Images
     
goandude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th October 2009, 01:01   #2
BHPian
 
pranava999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: BANGALORE
Posts: 820
Thanked: 19 Times
Default

Very fortunate to get away safe. This is the second thread I am reading on bhpian managing to get away from the flood. Unless one witnesses/experiences such instances first hand, its hard to fully understand the enormity and gravity of the situation.
pranava999 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th October 2009, 09:31   #3
BHPian
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: goa
Posts: 146
Thanked: 18 Times
Default

The floods this time have been really terrible.I saw a similar situation when i was coming back to goa from maharashtra via amboli ghat.After coming down from the ghat we saw devastation all round.People have lost their houses as well as crops.There were broken poles and trees all over the place.At 2 or 3 places we saw vehicles washed away by the water into the roadsde fields.The worst was a few people alos lost their lives.....
rallystar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th October 2009, 13:54   #4
Team-BHP Support
 
mobike008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 10,521
Thanked: 7,202 Times
Default

@Goandude, that was a lucky escape, even i was in the area during that time but luckily inside goa and not travelling during the troubled times.

Quote:
Originally Posted by rallystar View Post
The floods this time have been really terrible.I saw a similar situation when i was coming back to goa from maharashtra via amboli ghat.After coming down from the ghat we saw devastation all round.People have lost their houses as well as crops.There were broken poles and trees all over the place.At 2 or 3 places we saw vehicles washed away by the water into the roadsde fields.The worst was a few people alos lost their lives.....
I crossed Amboli both times during my recent visit to Goa ( Oct 1st and Oct 4th) and never saw what you described except for the mind blowing mist and continous drizzle in Amboli Ghat.
mobike008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th October 2009, 16:38   #5
SUV
BHPian
 
SUV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: BLR
Posts: 256
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

@goandude, was great to meet you and a relief as well ...

I really pity the plight of the local's, disaster management was a BIG ZERO.

What i didnít like was the Police / Guy's manning the check post providing false information to us through out. They just made us waste our time in the process.

I managed to leave Karwar (Road condition's after karwar towards hubli were pretty drivable. ) close to 2 PM and was back home (blr) close to midnight...
SUV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th October 2009, 16:44   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
goandude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 1,323
Thanked: 428 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mobike008 View Post
@Goandude, that was a lucky escape, even i was in the area during that time but luckily inside goa and not travelling during the troubled times.
I crossed Amboli both times during my recent visit to Goa ( Oct 1st and Oct 4th) and never saw what you described except for the mind blowing mist and continous drizzle in Amboli Ghat.
Thanks. I sure was an eye opener. but the team bhp sticker really came in useful.
Agree with your 2nd point. the rains and assiciated damage wasn't reported heavy in north Goa
goandude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th October 2009, 18:28   #7
Team-BHP Support
 
mobike008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 10,521
Thanked: 7,202 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by goandude View Post
Thanks. I sure was an eye opener. but the team bhp sticker really came in useful.
Agree with your 2nd point. the rains and assiciated damage wasn't reported heavy in north Goa
You bet, the stickers are getting popular these days. I was wearing the tbhp tshirt and was approached by another tbhpian from Mumbai ( parimal) seeing the same.

We exchaged pleasantries for a few minutes, feels nice to meet someone from same online community.
mobike008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th October 2009, 19:30   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
vnabhi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: DC -> DC
Posts: 5,210
Thanked: 1,195 Times
Default

You sure were lucky, goandude. Even I travelled via Karwar on Sep 28th and returned via Amboli on Sep 30th, but things were normal on both routes.

By the way, i saw a silver-coloured dzire with a TN registered number opposite Bom Bascillica that had a Team-BHP sticker. Was it yours?
vnabhi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th October 2009, 23:57   #9
Senior - BHPian
 
Nitin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 3,301
Thanked: 9 Times
Default

Scary to be in such a situation,where Mother nature's fury knows no bounds!
Good to see a fellow BHPian jump in and do the needful. Kudos to SUV!
Nitin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th October 2009, 00:30   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
khoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dilli
Posts: 2,722
Thanked: 1,250 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mobike008 View Post
You bet, the stickers are getting popular these days. I was wearing the tbhp tshirt and was approached by another tbhpian from Mumbai ( parimal) seeing the same.

We exchaged pleasantries for a few minutes, feels nice to meet someone from same online community.


Sorry guys but I just could not stop myself from asking as to where does one get the tbhp tshirts?
khoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th October 2009, 09:49   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
goandude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 1,323
Thanked: 428 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vnabhi View Post
You sure were lucky, goandude. Even I travelled via Karwar on Sep 28th and returned via Amboli on Sep 30th, but things were normal on both routes. Things became nasty only on 2 Oct afternoon.

By the way, i saw a silver-coloured dzire with a TN registered number opposite Bom Bascillica that had a Team-BHP sticker. Was it yours? No Mine is HR
comments in Bold. My sticker is a DIY
Attached Thumbnails
Deluge, flash floods and mudslides: South Goa-teambhp.jpg  

goandude is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Leh cloud burst! Flash floods kill 44; Leh completely cut off sudev Street Experiences 79 13th August 2010 23:32
Flash Floods in Jeddah (25 November 2009) vintagepoint5 Street Experiences 17 10th December 2009 15:08
Corsair Flash Voyager 8 gb flash disk - Corrupt? nishantgandhi Gadgets, Computers & Software 5 28th July 2009 14:55
Go-Go-Goa!! South Goa rediscovered!! V-16 Travelogues 35 13th May 2008 22:05
july 26th deluge!!!! hot_rod Technical Stuff 0 10th February 2006 01:37


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 07:14.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks