70-Year-Old Man Dies, Schools Shut down As Flood Submerges Dubai After Heavy Downpour

70-Year-Old Man Dies, Schools Shut down As Flood Submerges Dubai After Heavy Downpour

70-Year-Old Man Dies, Schools Shut down As Submerges After Heavy Downpour

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The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was flooded with a year's worth of rain in just 12 hoursSchools across the emirate were shut down and employees mostly working remotelyEmirates suspended check-in for passengers from Dubai International from 8am until midnight on Wednesday, April 17

Henzodaily.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering metro and government policy

Dubai, UAE – Major highways and Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been flooded after heavy downpours of a year and a half's rain.

The rains began late on Monday, April 15 and the storms intensified at about 9am (05:00 GMT) on Tuesday and continued throughout the day.

Major highways and Dubai International Airport were flooded
Photo credit:@/EhikhuenmenM
Source: Twitter

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The said a 70-year-old man died when his vehicle was swept away by floodwater in Ras al-Khaimah, the country's northernmost emirate

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According to Aljazeera, meteorological data showed that the sands and roads of Dubai were soaked with some 20mm (0. inches) of rain.

Police and emergency personnel drove slowly through the flooded streets of Dubai, shining emergency lights across the darkened roads.

The Dubai International Airport suspended check-in for passengers from 8am until midnight on Wednesday, April 17.

The flood turned roads into rivers and rushing water inundated homes and businesses, CNN reports.

Schools shut down, government employees work remotely

Schools across the seven sheikhdoms in the UAE have largely shut and government employees were mostly working remotely.

While many other workers also stayed at home and away from work.

Authorities cancelled and the government instituted remote work again for Wednesday, April 17 following heavy rainfall of 145mm (5.7 inches) on Tuesday, April 16.

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Flood overtakes communities

Meanwhile, Henzodaily.ng reported that another heavy downpour led to flood overtaking communities and sacking residents in Lagos state. The flood also submerged houses, , and other valuables.

An X user, @DamilojuJLT, urged Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to solve the problem of flooding in the state.

Ọgbẹní Awóníyì Ọláwále @I_am_Olawale1, said the incessant flooding is as a result of the attitude of the residents who fill drainage with trash.

Source: Henzodaily.ng

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