Flash Floods in UAE Kill Seven Asian Nationals

At least seven people have been found dead after unusual heavy rains and flooding struck several cities across the United Arab Emirates.

UAE’s Ministry of Interior said that another 800 people have been rescued and thousands more were evacuated to temporary accommodations in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

Brig Gen Ali Salem Al Tunaiji, Director General of the Ministry of Interior’s Federal Central Operations in a video post regretted to announce that six people of Asian nationalities have been found dead as a result of the recent floods across the Emirates.”

In another statement, the ministry said that another missing Asian person was found dead following a search operation.

There is no immediate report available on the identity of the victims and to which Asian countries they belong.    

“Field units are still carrying out evacuations in some of these (Fujairah, Sharjah and RAK) areas,” Tunaiji said, adding that there are also shelters for some individuals whose homes have been exposed to floods.

Tunaiji said that civil and military rescue teams have been working to reach full recovery and return life to normal. “Work is underway to reopen a main road linking the Emirate of Fujairah, and Khor Fakkan city,” Tunaiji added.

The National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (Ncema) said that they would immediately start working to clean flooded roads, repair damaged properties and return people to their homes soon after weather becomes stable.


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