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UAE Paralyzed by Record-Breaking Rainfall

Unprecedented rainfall in the United Arab Emirates caused significant flooding and disruption to daily life, with heavy thunderstorms described as a “historic weather event” shattering records dating back to 1949 and overwhelming infrastructure across the country.

Starting late on Monday and intensifying on Tuesday, the relentless rain led to Dubai experiencing the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in just 24 hours. 

Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s busiest hubs, was hit the hardest as more than 142 millimeters (5.59 inches) of rain inundated the city.

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The airport, usually bustling with travelers, faced significant disruptions as flights were grounded and transportation options became limited. 

Passengers struggled to navigate flooded roads and access terminals, with some using unconventional means to reach their destinations.

Residents recounted scenes of “absolute carnage” at the airport, describing the challenges of securing transportation and finding refuge amidst the floodwaters. 

Emergency crews worked tirelessly to address the aftermath, but the recovery efforts were expected to take time.

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The storm’s impact extended beyond the airport, with streets and highways submerged in water, posing risks to motorists and pedestrians alike. 

Schools and government offices remained closed, and remote work arrangements were put in place to ensure the safety of residents.

Authorities deployed tanker trucks to pump away water and offered assistance to those affected by flooding, but reports emerged of homes inundated with water, forcing residents to evacuate and bail out their properties.

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Sadly, the severe weather claimed the life of at least one person, with a 70-year-old man in Ras al-Khaimah swept away by floodwaters. 

The loss served as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by extreme conditions.

While rain is uncommon in the arid UAE, the recent downpour highlighted the vulnerability of the country’s infrastructure to heavy rainfall. 

The lack of adequate drainage systems exacerbated the flooding, underscoring the need for improved preparedness measures.

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The impact of the storm was felt across the region, with neighboring countries also experiencing rainfall and its associated challenges. 

In Oman, heavy rains claimed multiple lives, including schoolchildren, prompting condolences from leaders throughout the Gulf.

As the UAE and its neighbors cope with the aftermath of the unprecedented rainfall, attention shifts towards recovery efforts and measures to mitigate the impact of future extreme weather events.

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