DNF members survive Sandy

November 1, 2012

By Anas Khwaja

Background: Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning 1,100 miles. Estimates of losses that include business interruption surpass $50 billion. In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected at least 24 states, from Florida to New England. The cyclone brought a destructive storm surge to New York City on the evening of October 29, flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway lines in Lower Manhattan and other areas of the city and cutting off electricity in many parts of the city and its suburbs.

Dhaka Nawab Family members in USA: Dhaka Nawab Family members living in the Sandy effected states were also impacted. With the exception of Laila Kaiser, those who were in Staten Island (e.g families of Khwaja Showkat Kamal & Khwaja M Sajed) moved out to safe heavens in Queens. Residences of Khwaja Mizan Hassan & Khwaja Maroof in Long Island are out of electricity, cable, internet, phone & hot water till today  (Nov 1 2012). All public and private schools in New York is closed till Friday.

Uprooted tree in front of  of Khwaja Mizan Hassan’s residence at Westburry, Long Island

In their own words…

Thanks so much everyone who called, texted, facebooked us. Shams and I are doing well, alhumdulilah. We were pretty much cut off from the world for two days, but we were saved by a couple of Shams’ cousins who braced the war zone in downtown Manhattan to pick us up.

Faria Hassan from Manhattan New York (lives two blocks away from Battery Park)

Everyone in Maryland is safe and sound. Thank you for your prayers.

Syed Shamaz Salim from Maryland

Syed Shamaz Salim’s residence was hit hard by Hurricane Irene in July 2012

Boston Clear as well. Sabahat Sarah Khan From Massachusetts

Thank u khalid alhamidullah we all are fine. Saman Kashif  from New York 

A Big Thank You to my family and friends for all your prayers. Alhamdulillah we are all safe from the wrath of Sandy and are doing fine.

Bina Z Hassan from Rego Park, New York

The Avtaar awaits for the restoration of power in his home! he landed from 75F in San Francisco ably positioned to stay in UC Berkeley courtesy of the Praetorian Capitan and Jedi . Walking into the Frankenstorm!! Only those functioning at that level will grasp what he just did. For it is neither normal or natural for a Human being! No power, in the eye of the storm! Network comes and goes! Have some 3G coverage only wireless internet, no incoming or outgoing calls . There is An Erie silence, in my area unlike what I have seen before. Of course being in front line Zone A, right next to beach and the sea. Has cast a pall of Gloom that was never here earlier. Pinky bhabi left me and the boys moved to Hassan’ friend Juan place where there is power.  Waiting to see another couple of days. …..Evacuating from my home, no power or signal for my cell!

Khwaja Hasan Askari  from Coney Island, New York

We have a working car, food, water, comfy couch ready for any of our FB family affected by Sandy. Let me or Jelly know.K.M. Hassan from Elmhurst, New York

Last night during the crazy winds, I came up with the following:

Sandy came and Sandy left only some trees were a little bent
Lost our power for a couple hours
During that time was a little sour

Last storm rated Pepco zero, this time he was my hero
Not all is bad at calamities, spent quality time with my families
Because of Sandy ate a lot of Candy
I reckon I put on some extra pounds; it’s really not as bad as it sounds
My heart goes out to the one in harms way
Please be safe and not go astray
We will never been the same since Sandy came

I swear it sounded much better when I was delirious. Seems a bit corny now. Posting it anyway.Arez Salim from Maryland

Sandy leaves path of destruction in Canada.Thousands are left without power, trees are uprooted and one woman is killed by flying debris.
A million thanks to Almighty Allah, we are fine. Mashook Khawaja from Toronto

Related news link:

3 lakh expat Bangladeshis prepare to face Sandy

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