Sharjah flood: Police deny rumours about deaths due to electrocution

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A flooded street in Kalba, Sharjah. STORM.AE

Sharjah Police has denied rumours on social media alleging that two people died due to electrocution during massive flooding in the emirate.

Sharjah Police Commander-in-Chief Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi dismissed reports as false, and urged the public to stop spreading false information.

Netizens had circulated a social media post that two people died after they were electrocuted while wading in a flooded street in Sharjah that they wanted to cross.

Major General Al Shamsi confirmed that Sharjah Police did not register any death from the rain or floods, and also warned the public that legal action will be taken against the perpetrators of the fake information.

“The Sharjah Police informs all the fellow citizens and residents not to circulate rumours, misinformation, photos and news that come to them through social networking sites and other means of smart communication,” Major General Al Shamsi said.

Under the UAE’s Cybercrime Law, it is illegal to post or share fake information, with the penalty of not less than Dh100,000 in fine and imprisonment of at least one year. The punishment increases to two years in jail and a minimum fine of Dh200,000 when the fake news targets UAE authorities or is committed during disasters, crisis or emergencies. ICA/Expat Media

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