Before And After Photos: Devastation Of The Joplin, Missouri Tornado

These photos(from AP) are of Joplin, Missouri before and after the powerful tornado(twister) tore the city.

At least 132 people were killed and more than 900 people were injured.

By Friday, about 156 people were still missing.

The tornado that hit Joplin on Sunday was rated an EF-5 or the strongest possible.

It scored a direct hit on the city of 50,000 people in southwest Missouri and left a swath of destruction nearly a mile wide, damaging some 8,000 buildings.

It is reportedly the worst single tornado in modern US history.

I am very sad to see the photos.

So many people are suffering and there are children missing during the disaster.

I pray that they will be okay.

Joplin, Missouri has been devastated by a tornado that has killed 125, and the death toll continues to rise. These before and after arial photos show the extent of the destruction throughout the city.« Read less (Photo: AP)
This photo shows 26th street, a main road that runs through the heart of Joplin. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
Entire residential blocks were flattened by the tornado. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
This whole apartment complex was destroyed by the tornado, and the swimming pool stripped completely. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
The roof of Joplin's Home Depot was torn off the building. Many of the dead were found at this Home Depot, likely trying to seek shelter as the storm hit. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
This Wal-Mart store was also destroyed by the tornado. (Photos: Navteq, AP)

Scottish Flights Cancelled Due To Icelandic Ash Cloud ; Will More European Airspace Be Closed?

A Swiss tourist stands on highway one, just outside the ash fallout zone in Kirkjubaejarklaustur May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

Ash from an Icelandic volcano, the Grimsvotn volcano under the Vatnajokull glacier forced the cancellation of dozens of flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday.

Last year, ash from another Icelandic volcano caused 100,000 flights to be canceled, stranding 10 million passengers and costing the industry an estimated $1.7 billion in lost revenue.

(Please click here for ‘Volcano Eruption Closed Airports In Europe’).

Norway’s airport operator said the ash cloud would cause some flight restrictions on its west coast on Tuesday and Denmark said a small area of its airspace would be closed.

Below are some of the flights affected as reported by REUTERS:

1.    Ryanair cancelled 36 flights between Scotland and cities across Europe, was told by the Irish Aviation Authority not to operate flights to Scottish airports until at least 1 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT).

 2.   British Airways said it would not operate any flights between London and Scotland on Tuesday that arrived in Scotland before 8 a.m. EDT or departed from Scotland before that time.

 3.   Flybe, EasyJet and Aer Lingus all said they were cancelling some of their flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday.

 4.    KLM, part of Air France-KLM canceled 16 flights to and from four British cities scheduled for Tuesday. Fights to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle would be canceled on Tuesday morning, it said.

Europe’s air traffic control organization said that if the volcanic emissions continued at the same rate, the cloud could reach western French and northern Spanish airspace on Thursday.

Map locates Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland that has started erupting.
A plane flies past smoke plume from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Olafur Sigurjonsson
A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland on May 21.  (AFP/File)
Smoke plume rises from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. Airlines began cancelling flights to Britain late on Monday because of an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano reaching its airspace, although experts expected no repeat of travel chaos from an eruption a year ago. Picture taken May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Olafur Sigurjonsson
Picture shows the growing ash plume from the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland, as its eruption begins May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Bruun
Sequence pictures of the volcano eruption
Sequence pictures of the volcano eruption

A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland on May 21. A plume of ash from the erupting volcano is being blown south towards Britain and could reach the airspace over mainland Europe later in the week, meteorological experts said. (AFP)

Joplin Tornado, US Worst Single Tornado (Twister) Killed 117 – Photos

The monster tornado that tore through the heart of Joplin, Missouri is reportedly the worst single tornado in modern US history. 

Please click here for more photos, ‘Powerful Tornado (Twister) Hit Joplin, Missouri Killing At Least 89 People – Pictures’.

The tornado touched down at 5:41 p.m. Sunday, about 24 minutes after a warning was issued.

At least 117 people were killed in the disaster

The place looks like it have been hit by a bomb in a big war. 

Please click here for, ‘Before And After Photos: Devastation Of Joplin, Missouri Tornado’.

 

Rescuers race to search for victims trapped under the rubbles of fallen trees, damaged buildings and smashed vehicles before it is too late.

But the work was slowed by a new round of very bad weather; including thunderstorms and hail two inches in diameter that rolled through the city Monday, as well as widespread problems with broken natural gas lines and other safety issues, authorities said.

Two rescuers were struck by lightning as they braved relentless rain and high winds searching for survivors.

By Monday night, they’d found 17 people alive.

I am very sad and sorry to see so many people died, a lot of people injured, have no houses to live in anymore and lost their things. 

 

They must feel very sad. 

More tornadoes are possible Tuesday in Joplin and other cities in the central U.S.

Anyway I hope that there will not be too much more tornado.

This frame grab from video shows lightning inside a massive tornado on Sunday, May 22, 2011, outside Joplin, Mo. The tornado tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri slammed into the city of Joplin, ripping into a hospital, crushing cars like soda cans and leaving a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood. (AP Photo/tornadovideo.net)
Firefighters dig through rubble as they look for survivors after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Ed Zurga
Destroyed vehicles and buildings litter a neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga
An overturned car is seen near St. John's hospital after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga
A car sits among rubble from a tornado Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A view of the destruction at Joplin High School after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
JOPLIN TORNADO - Residents of Joplin, Mo, survey the damage of their homes and city on Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)
Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
A view of the destruction after a tornado blew the roof off the St. John's Regional Medical Center where about 180 patients cowered and were eventually evacuated in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
JOPLIN TORNADO - Mark Siler carries some salvageable items from the house of his friend Clay Warden as another storm approaches Joplin, Mo, on Monday morning, May 23, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)
A sign warns of a leaking gas meter which was spewing natural gas after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
A car drives down a street with debris on either side as a second storm moves in, delaying rescue efforts in Joplin, Missouri. More severe weather is on the way for the southern and central United States, forecasters said on Monday, just days after the worst single tornado in modern US history killed 116 people in Missouri.« Read less (AFP/Getty Image)
The damaged St. John's Regional Medical Center is seen in the distance through tornado debris in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Powerful Tornado (Twister) Hit Joplin, Missouri Killing At Least 89 people – Pictures

Map of US locating Joplin in the state of Missouri, where a tornado killed at least 24 people (AFP/Graphic)

On Sunday afternoon, May 22, 2011 a tornado hit Joplin, a southwestern Missouri town killing at least 89 people.

(Please click here for news update). 

Please click here for, ‘Before And After Photos: Devastation Of Joplin, Missouri Tornado’.

 

A lot of people were injured.

The path of the tornado through Joplin was estimated at six miles long and about 1/2 mile to 3/4 (1 kilometer) mile wide.

It is very sad and scary to see such a big and terrible disaster

A lot of buildings were damaged and leveled, vehicles were damaged and there were fires from gas leaks at some damaged buildings.

The place looks like it had been hit by a bomb in a big war.

A local hospital, St. John’s Regional Medical Center was hit badly by the tornado.

Since last month, 330 people were killed by tornadoes in seven states.

238 people were killed by the tornado in Alabama on April 27, 2011.

Please click here for, Storms And Tornadoes Kill At Least 83 In Southern USA – Photos.

Another tornado hit the north end of Minneapolis and some suburbs on Sunday, killing one person and injuring at least 30 others.

This aerial view shows tornado damage to residences in north Minneapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2011. At least one person died when the tornado barreled through the residential portion of Minneapolis on Sunday, damaging at least 100 homes, toppling hundreds of trees and injuring at least 29 people. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Brewster)

Tornadoes overnight on Saturday in northeast Kansas killed one person and damaged some 200 structures.

Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone.
Smoke rises in the distance as vehicles drive along a road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton
Emergency personnel search a Walmart that was severely damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
People stand near damaged vehicles along Rangeline road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton
Residents begin digging through the rubble of their home after it was destroyed by a tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. The tornado tore a path a mile wide and four miles long destroying homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett)
Pepsi Cola employee Mark Johnson looks at the wreckage of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Plant that was destroyed by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Damaged vehicles litter the parking lot of St. John's Hospital in Joplin, Mo, after a tornado hit the southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. A massive tornado blasted its way across southwestern Missouri on Sunday, flattening several blocks of homes and businesses in Joplin and leaving residents frantically scrambling through the wreckage. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Emergency personnel search a Walmart that was severely damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
JOPLIN TORNADO - Residents of Joplin, Mo, help a lady who survived in her basement near 28th and Roosevelt after a tornado hit the city on Sunday afternoon on May 22, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)
JOPLIN TORNADO - Residents of Joplin, Mo, walk west on 26th Street near Maiden Lane after a tornado hit the southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)
Rescuers and neighbors look through the the wreckage of destroyed homes on a hillside in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Volunteer firefighters William Jackson, left, and Ashley Martin, center, from Oklahoma, and Johnny Ward of Joplin look through the wreckage of a home where it was feared a pregnant woman as feared to be trapped following a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
JOPLIN TORNADO - Joplin, Mo, residents survey the damage after a tornado hit their neighborhood in this southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)
Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone.

16 Killed In Landslides in Hulu Langat, Malaysia – Pictures (Tanah Runtuh Di Hulu Langat)

Landslides in Hulu Langat, May 21, 1011.

At 2.30pm Saturday, 21 May, 2011 a landslide hit Madrasah Al- Takwa in Hulu Langat, Selangor.

It was followed by another landslide at the same place.

Landslides in Hulu Langat, May 21, 2011.Landslides in Hulu Langat, May 21, 2011.

It was not raining when the landslides happened, but wet weather in recent days is likely to be the caused.

Please click here for, Trees And Mudslides’.

About 25 people, mostly children and the orphanage staff was buried alive in the landslides.

16 people were reported killed while 9 others were injured; a few were badly injured.

They were among the 49 people who attended a motivation camp.

They were in the camp near the orphanage waiting for an event which was scheduled for 5:00 pm when the landslides occurred.

I am very sad and sorry for the victims and their families and friends.

This is a disaster.

On 6 December 2008, lots of people died because of landslides and mudslides in Bukit Antarabangsa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mississippi River Flooding – Louisiana And Mississippi Underwater In Pictures

The floodgate at the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana, was opened on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Please click here for ‘Floodgate At The Morganza Spillway Is Now Opened – Pictures’

Water from the Mississippi River rushes out of open bays on the Morganza Spillway and into a pasture in Morganza, La., Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water from the Mississippi River rushes out of open bays on the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

After 3 days, the water from the flooded Mississippi River has reached places like Butte LaRose and St. Landry Parish at the northern end of the basin, putting some houses underwater.

Towns and crop lands along the Atchafalaya River basin that are in the path of the diverted flood waters could be flooded as high as 20 feet in coming days.

On Tuesday, the Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River at Natchez, Mississippi, north of New Orleans.

Vessels were blocked from heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and from returning north after dropping off their freight.

These barges carry corn, wheat, soybean and others from the Midwest to ports near New Orleans, where they get loaded onto huge grain carriers to be exported around the world.

 Below are photos of the flooding along the Mississippi River.

Water rushes over dirt roads inside the Morganza Floodway as water from the flowing floodway heads south near Krotz Springs, Louisiana, May 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner) 
Farmers work as floodwaters from the Mississippi river creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The Coast Guard said it closed the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez, Miss., on Tuesday because barge traffic could increase pressure on the levees. Heavy flooding from Mississippi tributaries has displaced more than 4,000 in the state, about half of them upstream from Natchez in the Vicksburg area. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Floodwaters from the Mississippi River have closed Highway 61 north of Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Farmers work as floodwaters from the Mississippi river creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Flood waters from the Mississippi River creep inland across a field of soybeans in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The Coast Guard closed the swollen Mississippi River north of New Orleans, halting cargo vessels on the nation's busiest waterway in the latest effort to reduce pressure from rising flood waters. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Barges operate along the flooded Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Farmers work as flood waters from the Mississippi river creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Farmers work as flood waters from the Mississippi river creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Flood waters from the Mississippi River have closed Highway 61 north of Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
The runway at the airport in Vicksburg, Miss., is surrounded by Mississippi river flood waters Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Flooded homes, including one surrounded by a makeshift levee that failed, top, are seen in Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Floodwaters surround the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Station just outside a protective floodwall in Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
A business outside the levee south of Vicksburg, Miss., is surrounded by Mississippi river flood waters Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Flooded crops in Vicksburg, Miss., are pictured Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
A crane flies over a street sign near a rule measuring the height of the flood waters in feet, in St. Francisville, Louisiana May 17, 2011.(REUTERS/Sean Gardner)








Floodgate At The Morganza Spillway Is Now Opened – Pictures

Before and after:

The Morganza Spillway, center, which allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin when opened, is seen from the air in Morganza, La., Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A floodgate at the Morganza Spillway was opened for the first time in nearly 4o years to divert the water from the flooded Mississippi River to the swamps of Louisiana’s Cajun country and then  into the Atchafalaya Basin.

The floodgate was last opened during the flood in 1973.

This is the first time three flood-control systems have been unlocked at the same time along the Mississippi River:

  1. On May 2, 2011, the US Army Corps of Engineers blew 2 huge holes in the Bird Point levee in Mississippi County, Missouri.

  2. About a week ago they opened a spillway northwest of New Orleans.

  3. May 14, 2011 a floodgate at the Morganza Spillway,  was opened.

As the gate was opened, the water rushed out very fast like a waterfall and spraying about 6 feet into the air.

Soon the dry land turned into a raging channel.

Lots of houses, buildings and farms in the area will soon be flooded.

It is very sad to see a man made disaster in order to avoid a bigger disaster in bigger cities as New Orleans.

Members with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers open the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana May 14, 2011. Scores of U.S. heartland rivers from the Dakotas to Ohio have flooded following a snowy winter and heavy spring rains, feeding near-record crests on the lower Mississippi River. REUTERS/Sean Gardner
Members with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers open the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana May 14, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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The Great Mississippi River Flooding – Will The Morganza Spillway Be Opened?

A Very Bad Flood Along The Mississippi River – Pictures

The Mississippi River crest Monday At Memphis?

TV AlHijrah

TV AlHijrah is a television company owned by JAKIM.

It is one of the new television channel in Malaysia.

I love to watch TV AlHijrah because most of the programs promote  good values and do not have much violence.

A photo of my sister Kafah (L) and I (R) around the Pusat Islam. At the back is the TV AlHijrah office.

My favourite program is ‘3rd & Bird’ but sadly the program is now replaced by ‘Peep and The Big Wide World’ 😕

I enjoy watching ‘Peep and The Big Wide World’ but I prefer ‘3rd & Bird’ because its story line is more interesting, it has lots of wonderful songs and the animation is so beautiful and so cute 🙂

‘3rd and Bird’ is created by Josh Selig, who is also the creator of ‘Wonder Pets’.

Please >>>click here<<< for my post on ‘3rd & Bird’. 

I also like to watch ‘Tao Shu, ‘Muhammad Utusan Terakhir’, ‘Ejen Halal’ and ‘Menu Alam’.

I'm standing in front of the TV AlHijrah office.
My Sister Kafah (L) and I (R) standing in front of the TV AlHijrah office.

I met Uncle Nizal Mohammad of TV AlHijrah at the book launch of ‘Minda Tertawan‘.

I told him to air a new animation series, ‘Small Potatoes’ on TV AlHijrah 😉

‘Small Potatoes’ is created by Josh Selig who wrote one of my favourite songs, ‘Imagination’ 🙂

Please click below for my posts on:

Small Potatoes

‘Imagination’, A Song From ‘Small Potatoes’

The Great Mississippi River Flooding – Will The Morganza Spillway Be Opened?

The Morganza Spillway may be opened to protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas from great flooding.

(The floodgate of the Morganza Spillway is now opened, please click here for my new post and pictures).

If this happened the Cajun country, Louisiana will be flooded up to 15 feet of water from Mississippi River flooding.

On May 2, 2011 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had blew 2 huge holes in the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, Missouri to protect places where there are more people living from great flooding.

130,000 acres of farmland was then flooded when the water rushed in from the hole in the levee.

Please click here for the photos.

The Morganza Spillway, center, which allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin, is seen from the air in Morganza, La., Thursday, May 12, 2011, during a tour of areas that may be affected by flooding if the spillway is opened. The Army Corps of Engineers has asked for permission to open the spillway to help alleviate pressure on river levees. It hasn’t been opened since 1973 (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The Morganza Spillway, center, is seen from the air in Morganza, La., Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

It must be very sad for the people who are living in the area where it will be badly flooded because of the action.

People are told to move and the government is trying to do whatever they can to save the place.

Workers build a temporary levee in Krotz Springs, La., Thursday, May 12, 2011, in advance of possible flooding if the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge is opened. Crews were rushing to build temporary levees to protect properties that have been built outside of the town's permanent ring levee over the last few decades. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The great Mississippi River flooding is a great disaster and it is very sad when there had to be man-made disasters together with the natural disaster.

An area view of the areas along the levee that are topping over. The levee broke around dawn in Lake Providence , La. on Thursday, May 12, 2011(AP/Kita Wright)
Crop seedlings will never reach maturity as the flood waters of the Yazoo River creep up their rows in farm lands north of Yazoo City, Miss., Thursday, May 12, 2011. Thousands of acres of corn, wheat, soybean and cotton crops are now underwater as the tributaries are backing up from flooding along the Mississippi River. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Buildings outside of levee protection, left, take on floodwater in Morgan City, La., Thursday, May 12, 2011, during a tour of areas that may be affected by flooding if the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge is opened. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Homes are seen nearly submerged by floodwaters in Deer Park, Louisiana May 12, 2011. The U.S. government scrambled to shore up the levee system in the Deep South on Thursday to prevent the mighty Mississippi River from overflowing and flooding populated areas. The Mississippi River flood, the result of a wet spring and huge snow melt from an unusually stormy winter, has forced the evacuation of thousands of people along the river and its tributaries, swamping river towns and expected to flood 3 million acres of farmland in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas alone. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Three members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office's Emergency Services patrol a flooded mobile home park, evacuated last week, in Memphis, Tennessee, May 12, 2011. REUTERS/John Branston
Crops and homes along the levee have started to flood, as the water starts topping over the broken levee in Lake Providence, La. on Thursday, May 12, 2011(AP/Kita Wright)

Syair Awang Goneng

Bertahun merdeka di perantauan,

Segala kenangan tetap di ingatan,

Si Awang Goneng hasil nukilan,

Untuk semua jadi tatapan.

Bertahun-tahun di tanah Inggeris,

Bijak bermadah ilhamnya puitis,

Begitulah kisah seorang penulis,

Pengalaman diratah buku ditulis.

Suka duka tangis dan tawa,

Mok Mek dan Mok Nab semua dia cerita,

Cik Kaleh Teksi Pok Loh Standok juga,

Pok Ku Haji Ambak Serban Besar Bakul dia tak lupa.

Menyingkap kembali apa dirasa,

Sedari kecil ke zaman remaja,

Kerepok lekor rojak Pok Deh dia suka,

Itu dia Si Awang Goneng anak Trengganu kita.


Abang Dody recited this syair during the launch of Awang Goneng’s latest book, ‘A Map of Trengganu’ at the RA Fine Arts Gallery.

Please click here for, ‘The Book Launch of AMoT’.

To watch Abang Dody’s presentating the syair, please click here.

Syair is a traditional Malay poem.

To order ‘A Map of Trengganu’, please click here.