Torrential rains hit UAE and Qatar causing widespread flood

 Friday, July 29, 2022 


Incessant and heavy downpour washed Qatar and UAE on Thursday last. The rainfall flooded streets and forced residents to seek shelter in hotels to save themselves from the unusual flash flood during summer.

This is a rare occurrence as seen and told by the locals nd weather experts.

According to a reputed newspaper, the downpour resulted in flash floods in the eastern parts of the UAE damaging houses and washing away vehicles.

This extreme weather also prompted the UAE’s meteorological office to issue a red alert in light of “hazardous weather events” expected to continue on Thursday.

Images and videos of vehicles standing still on a highway are seen in the social media. Due to day long rainfall flood situation has arisen and people are being evacuated who are stranded in the inundated areas.

A news agency reported that the UAE’s disaster management authority was coordinating with more than 20 hotels to provide 827 units that could house more than 1,885 people who were displaced by flooding.

According to the disaster management authority, at least 870 individuals were rescued in Sharjah and Fujairah and at least 3,897 in total had been provided shelters.

Thankfully no casualties or serious injuries were reported and losses were material only.

The UAE authorities were working to clear the inundated streets as they called on residents to remain vigilant and stay away from valleys, dams and mountains that “continue to display heavy flow of water”.

Torrential rain over recent days caused major disruption across the northern Emirates. It also led to waterlogged roads and closures, overflowing wadis and damage to homes, the newspaper reported.

Doha submerged

Meanwhile, the capital of Qatar was brought to a halt following heavy rains that submerged the streets of Doha.

The Middle East Eye reported inundated streets and near-submerged cars close to World Cup structures as a result of the rain on Thursday. Qatar is expected to host football world cup in November this year.

According to one of the leading news agencies, the rain and thunder started early on Thursday morning and will last till the end of this week.

The head of forecasting and analysis at the QCAA’s Meteorological Department, Mohammed Ali al-Kubaisi, said that Doha had reco­rded approximately 38mm of rainfall (1.4 inches) by 10:00am local time (07:00 GMT), and 29.8mm (1.2 inches) in Al-Wakrah.

It reported that “rain in July in Doha just doesn’t happen” as the reliable forecast for much of the Arabian Peninsula is hot, dry and dusty in summer.

However, monsoon rains do affect some parts when it bursts out of India, most notably Oman and Yemen, which have regular summer thunderstorms, the media outlet reported.

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