Heavy Rainfall Cause Traffic Snarls, Flight Delays

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Heavy rains that resulted in flight delays and traffic gridlock due to waterlogging made UAE residents’ commute to work and school a major challenge on Monday morning.

Motorists in Sharjah struggled to wade through flooded streets, bringing traffic to a halt in the Al Majaz area and nearby areas. Some residents had to walk in ankle-deep water.

Many schools suspended classes and advised parents not to send their kids to school due to adverse weather. Examinations and assessments would be rescheduled at a later date, a school notice read. Sharjah University also closed doors due to heavy rain. Some schools, however, failed to alert parents ahead of time.

In Ras Al Khaimah, police closed Wadi Ghaleila Road due to flash floods from the Jais Mountain that received 41.2mm of rain. The highest recorded rainfall was in Umm Al Quwain that got 55.4mm, followed by Wadi Shaheh at 55mm. In Dubai, the Jumeirah area got the most rain with 32.8mm while the Burj Khalifa weather station recorded 13.2mm.

Waterlogging and blockages due to rain on all major roads in Dubai were cleared by midday, a top official said on Monday.

Taleb Julfar, CEO of Dubai Municipality for Infrastructure Services Sector, said different teams under the civic body had been out in the field to tackle rain-related incidents since Sunday.

“About 1,000 labourers and 500 technicians have been working overtime and in three shifts.” “We had problems with trees and branches falling off because of the wind. But our people have already cleared most of it.”

Due to adverse weather, some Emirates flights into and out of Dubai have been delayed as well, a spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the skies is said to clear out today although there will be a chance of rainfall over the islands, western coastal areas, Sharjah and northwards.

Source Credit: Gulf News

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