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United Arab Emirates flooded with rain

The most difficult situation is in the emirate of Fujairah

The most difficult situation is in the emirate of Fujairah

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Practically in all parts of the UAE it rained all Thursday. Forecasters have issued warnings of possible flooding in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.

The heaviest showers were in Fujairah and Ras al-Khayyam. Precipitation was accompanied by strong winds there.

Entire regions of the country, some roads, tourist attractions are still closed, in a number of settlements residents are ordered not to leave their homes, many enterprises and businesses have been transferred to a remote work mode for employees.

The most difficult situation is in the emirate of Fujairah, where rescuers and volunteers from neighboring emirates have already arrived.

A total of 879 people needed help there, 150 of them needed to be evacuated and placed in hotels. Rescuers had to help those residents of the country who went to Fujairah to specially enjoy the rare rain for these desert places.

The authorities reportedthat there were no casualties, but the elements caused significant material damage.

The Crown Prince of Fujairah, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi personally inspected the flooded areas. He assured his subjects that every means and opportunity would be used to deal with the situation and protect people’s lives and property.

Forecasters reported that there had not been such precipitation in the UAE for more than 30 years. The Cabinet of Ministers of the country ordered the creation of a special committee, which will be instructed to assess the damage caused by rains and floods. It will be headed by the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the UAE.

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