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Dubai hit by two years' worth of rain in a single day

Flash floods turn Dubai streets into rivers


In an unprecedented event, Dubai experienced torrential rainfall equivalent to two years' worth of precipitation in just one day, leading to severe flash flooding that brought the city to a standstill.

According to a report on Fox Weather, the typically arid desert city received a staggering 6.26 inches of rain by Tuesday night local time, as reported by the UAE National Center of Meteorology. This amount far surpasses the city's average annual rainfall of 3.14 inches.

As the deluge inundated the city, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority issued urgent advisories, urging residents to remain indoors unless absolutely necessary. All schools were instructed to conduct classes online, and commuters were advised to work remotely to avoid the hazardous conditions on the roads.

Despite these warnings, many individuals ventured out, leading to chaotic scenes on the waterlogged streets. Abandoned and stalled vehicles were seen submerged in water, resembling rivers rather than roads.

The adverse weather conditions also impacted air travel, with Dubai International Airport, the world's second-busiest airport, halting flights due to rain, thunder, and strong winds. Arriving flights were either diverted or canceled until the weather conditions improved, while departing flights continued operation.

Tragically, the same storm system wreaked havoc in Oman, claiming the lives of 10 children after a school bus was swept away by flash flooding.

With another round of heavy rain forecasted for the region on Wednesday, authorities remain on high alert, emphasizing the importance of preparedness and caution in the face of such extreme weather events.

[With information sourced from Fox Weather]

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