Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dubai flood 2016: Worst flooding claimed; Hundreds accidents

Photo of flooding in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Flooding in Dubai, UAE (Ajay Jha/Facebook via Rediff News)
Heavy rainfall lashed most areas of the UAE on Wednesday causing severe flooding in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The downpour caused severe flooding in the Remraam complex in Dubai, The National reported. People claim that it is “the worst flooding they’ve seen".

In Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is urging motorists to avoid taking the Shaikh Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi near the Jebel Ali Port due to water logging, Gulf News reported.

The Dubai Police has recorded at least 253 traffic accidents and received 3,200 calls in a span of seven hours from 6 am to 1 pm, Khaleej Times mentioned.

Floods in Hatta swept away a car, claiming life of a 7-year-old boy. His other two brothers managed to escape.

According to Al Arabiya, flights at Abu Dhabi airport were suspended for several hours on Wednesday. Hailstorm also lashed the Abu Dhabi. Schools have been closed since Wednesday.

Heavy rain associated with thunder and strong winds swept across Jebel Ali, Fujairah, Sharjah and Al Ain. The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology recorded 294 millimetres of rainfall on Wednesday near Al-Ain.

Apart from that, severe weather in Oman killed three people. Two people died due to flooding rivers in Al-Muthabi and Al-Rustaq. Another person died of lightning strike in Al-Muthaibi.

According to the weather bulletin issued by National Center of Meteorology & Seismology on March 10, 2016,  The amounts of clouds will increase over scattered northern and eastern areas accompanied with towering clouds  with chance of scattered rain/shower.