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Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding in the UAE.

PHOTO BY THOMAS MATHEW


15,000 tankloads of rainwater drained from Sharjah

 

DUBAI – Days of rain have resulted in widespread flooding in Sharjah, with the Sharjah Municipality working overnight to drain areas of rainwater.

The Sharjah Municipality said it has drained more than 15,000 tankloads of rainwater from the emirate since Thursday.

Videos have circulated on social media of massive flooding, including one clip showing two people rowing a makeshift boat in front of a submerged City Centre Sharjah.

“Our teams also helped owners of damaged vehicles in various streets around the emirate, removed many trees that have fallen because of weather conditions,” said Thabet Al Tarifi, director general of Sharjah Municipality and chairman of the Higher Committee for Rain Emergency.

In Dubai, police said that the control room received 51,000 emergency calls in three days while traffic accidents spiked at 303 in just 24 hours. DAJ/Expat Media

 

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