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02 June 2023

Heavy rain hits Northern Emirates: Rockslides, floods and accidents

By WAM with inputs from Staff

Unstable weather continues to grip the UAE on Monday as the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) warns sailors of rough water in Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman and motorists of reduced visibility caused by fresh winds blowing up dust. Persistent scattered rainfall could also lead to water ponds, challenging motorists.

Meanwhile, the Northern Emirates witnessed heavy to moderate rainfall accompanied by a significant decrease in temperatures and is expected to receive more showers today.

Rainwater gathered in low-lying areas and streets of Fujairah and the sky continues to be cloudy, promising more rain in the coming hours, reported Wam.

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Similarly, Ras Al Khaimah received intermittent heavy rains on Sunday, causing cold weather as the temperature dropped. Rains filled the valleys in mountainous areas and flooded at least three homes.

Civil defence personnel were quick to arrive at the residences and suck the water out within a few hours, reported Emarat Al Youm.

A rockslide occurred on Jees Mountain Street in Ghalila valley on the north of Ras Al Khaimah, according to a report in Al Khaleej. No injuries have been reported as yet.

Schools in the emirate are closed, while police patrols have blocked streets that have flooded. The water currents was so strong that a lamppost fell across. But as the streets were deserted were no casualties.

However, there was one rainfall-related traffic accident in which an Asian truck driver was injured when he lost control of the vehicle on the slippery road on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to dip further to a minimum of just 5 degree centigrade in the mountains and a minimum of 8 degree C in internal areas.