Unusually heavy rain caused flooding and damage to vehicles and properties over the weekend
12 January 2020| Last updated on 19 January 2020
There's been that much rainfall that the UAE has broken the record for the most amount of rain to hit the country since 1996.
Rain in the UAE has historically been a novelty. This phenomenon is so rare that when the weather does turn a little wet, most residents rejoice at the respite from our usual warmer temperatures.
According to The National, a typical January in the UAE will experience around 10mm of rainfall. This past two days saw roughly 150mm of rainfall every hour - for two and a half hours - at the peak of the downpours on Friday and into the night.
The heavy rain caused widespread - and extremely dangerous - flooding across parts of the UAE. A woman was crushed to death after a wall collapsed in Ras Al Khaimah, and over 1,900 traffic accidents were recorded in Dubai alone since Thursday. Of these, 55 were of a serious nature, according to Khaleej Times.
According to The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the heaviest amount of rain that fell between Thursday and Sunday morning was recorded in the eastern region of the UAE.
It's no wonder then, that this amount of rainfall across the country caused chaos on the roads for drivers and in the homes of residents living here.
In Dubai alone, flights at Dubai International Airport were delayed due to flooding and schools remained closed on Sunday.
Over the course of the weekend, residents took to social media to share their anguish at waking to flooded master bedrooms, bathrooms, and gardens. Some in areas like Arabian Ranches and Springs also had power outages and damage to their roofs occur.
Naturally footage of the floods were shared online, like this one of Sheikh Zayed Road.
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