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Rain wreaks havoc across UAE
March 16, 2014, 11:34 am
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Houses flooded, bodies in car trapped in valley near Oman

Cars, property damaged; Residents given temporary accomodation

As the UAE comes out of a weekend that saw torrential downpours and hail-storms, accompanied by shifts in temperatures and sand blowing across open areas, pictures and videos have emerged to give a clear picture of what the country endured.

Dubai

Brigadier Omar Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Director, Command and Control Toom at Dubai Police said a serious traffic accident occurred due to the rain at 1.30am on Saturday, leading to a vehicle catching fire and its driver being seriously injured.

Speaking to Emarat Al Youm, he also added that the Dubai Police received a call that a mud-slide in a valley on the border of Oman near Hatta had trapped a car.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found the next day. He added that Omani authorities were investigating the incident.

Heavy rain and severe storm weather that lasted only about five minutes caused billboards to fall in Al Qusais, which resulted in a traffic jam.

Al Shamsi disclosed that the total calls received by the Dubai Police Command and Control Room operations during the period of rainfall was over 2,000.

Ras Al Khaimah

Heavy rain in saw homes flooded and traffic signals affected. Rains lashed the emirate which led to vehicles being damaged and Wadi Hakil flooding. Heavy rain also caused closure of the road to Wadi Al Beeh.

Citizens were forced to leave their homes, particularly in the Khouzam, Al Nakheel, Valley Koob and Azon.

Rain also caused power disruption in some areas of the emirate. Speaking to Emarat Al Youm, Ahmed Khamis Al Shumaili, one of the affected residents said that he was was sleeping when suddenly he woke up to the sound of flowing water in his house.

Abdullah Rabia’a, another Emirati affected by the rain, said his family home was affected for the second time this year as rain flooded the Valley Hakil.

Ahmad Al Hamadi, Director of the Department of Public Works and Services at Ras Al Khaimah, said they deployed 25 water tankers to draw water from the streets and 20 water pumps to draw waters from low-lying areas .

The rain impact was felt across the emirates – from storm streams in the mountains to flooded wadis and motorists caught unawares by a sheet of hail that hit several areas.

Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah

Residents of Sharjah were also caught unawares by the heavy rain which led to flooding in some areas. He added that the Government departments are coordinating and doing their best to solve this problem.

In Ajman 14 people were injured when a tent fell as the result of strong winds and torrential rains.

Salim Bin Mohammed Al Naqbi, Head of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs said the department has provided 45 apartments in Khorfakkan, Fujairah to people affected by the rains, till their homes are repaired.

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