Rare rain floods Qatar and UAE

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were hit by severe rains on Thursday, inundating the streets and causing many citizens to seek refuge in hotels from the uncommon July downpour.

According to Khaleej Times, the rainfall caused flash floods in the eastern areas of the United Arab Emirates, which damaged homes and swept away vehicles. This harsh weather also prompted the UAE’s meteorological service to issue a red alert anticipating Thursday’s “hazardous weather occurrences.”

After nearly a day of rain, motorists on a highway were reportedly halted by floodwater, as evidenced by photographs and videos posted on social media. Other films depicted rescuers removing stranded individuals from the flooding areas.

Al Arabiya English stated that the United Arab Emirates disaster management authority was coordinating with more than 20 hotels to provide 827 apartments that could lodge more than 1,885 flood-displaced individuals. According to the officer in charge of crisis management, at least 870 people were saved in Sharjah and Fujairah, and a total of 3,897 were given refuge. A news source claimed that no fatalities or significant injuries were reported, and the only property was lost.

At least 870 people were rescued in Sharjah and Fujairah; in Doha, cars and streets were submerged.

Authorities in the UAE attempted to remove flooded streets while urging citizens to remain careful and avoid valleys, dams, and mountains that “continue to indicate strong water flow.”

The National News said recent torrential downpours in the northern Emirates led to flooded roads and closures, overflowing wadis, and structural damage to dwellings.

Doha drowning

During severe rainfall in the Qatari capital, individuals may be seen seeking shelter inside the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 countdown clock.

Doha, the capital of Qatar, was halted by severe rains that flooded the city’s streets. Thursday’s rainfall resulted in flooded streets and near-submerged vehicles close to World Cup structures, according to the Middle East Eye. Qatar is anticipated to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup in November.

Al Jazeera reports that the rain and thunder began early Thursday morning and will continue till the end of the week. Mohammed Ali al-Kubaisi, the chief of forecasting and analysis at the QCAA’s Meteorological Department, stated that Doha had recorded around 38mm (1.4 inches) of precipitation by 10:00 am local time (07:00 GMT). In comparison, Al-Wakrah had recorded 29.8mm (1.2 inches).

It was claimed that “rain in July in Doha just does not occur” since the summer forecast for most of the Arabian Peninsula is hot, dry, and dusty. However, according to the news source, monsoon rains affect some regions when they emerge from India, most notably Oman and Yemen, which see frequent summer thunderstorms.